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  CME/CE changes


December 2007
Originally published in CAP TODAY

Ed Finkel

Inspectors who participate in inspections between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008 will qualify for CE credit only.

Participation in laboratory inspections is of great educational value to inspectors, laboratories, and the laboratory personnel inspected. However, because of changes in ACCME and AMA requirements for continuing medical education, the CAP will phase out awarding CME credit to inspectors. Inspectors who participated in inspections through Dec. 31, 2007 will be eligible for both CME and CE.

A final decision regarding the awarding of CE credit after Dec. 31, 2008 is pending.

As an alternative to credit for inspections, the CAP will recognize for CME/CE credit learning activities focused on the education inspectors gain by reviewing the checklists and the Laboratory Accreditation Manual when preparing for an inspection. The new courses, which will be available in January, incorporate inspection preparation activities that inspectors perform routinely as part of inspection preparation, such as reviewing the manual, so that additional time commitments are kept to a minimum. The learning activities qualify for CME and CE credit commensurate with time spent on the education activity.

Visit for more information on these and other accreditation-related educational activities. Click on the Education Programs tab; then choose Laboratory Accreditation Program Education Activities.


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