The American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) recently released a report titled, "Financial Relationships with Industry in Continuing Medical Education." This report outlines the ethics of industry supported education - according to the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA).
Please note that advisory report will be up for consideration at the AMA's upcoming annual House of Delegates meeting. This report is not necessarily the AMA's take/perspective/position on ethics and CME.
Here's the bottom line from the CEJA report:
- It is ethically preferable to accept funding only from non-commercial supporters (this would probably mean that doctors would have to pay for their CME credits).
- It is ethically permissible to accept funding from commercial supporters (such as pharmaceutical companies, biotech, medical device, etc.). This generally leads to free CME.