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US accreditor moves to tackle industry's influence on medical education

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1338
  1. Anne Harding
  1. Maplewood, New Jersey

    The United States's chief accreditation body for medical education has announced new standards that require education providers to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest.

    The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's new standards are tougher than their 1992 predecessors, which only required conflicts of interest to be disclosed. But they are less restrictive than an early draft, which unleashed a firestorm of controversy when many interpreted it as banning anyone receiving drug industry money from providing continuing medical education.

    The original draft, released in January 2003, stated that if a person had conflicts of interest …

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