AMAAMA PRA Frequently Asked Questions for CME Providers
1. What must an organization do in order to certify and award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for
In order to certify activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and award credit to physicians that
complete the certified activities the organization must:
a. Plan and implement educational activities that meet all of the AMA PRA core requirements and the
format-specific requirements for the chosen AMA approved learning format. For information on these
requirements refer to the AMA PRA informational booklet at www.ama-assn.org/go/prabooklet; and
b. Be a U.S. based organization that is accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (ACCME) or an ACCME-recognized state medical society (SMS). To learn more
about becoming accredited and/or to find a list of accredited CME providers, please visit the ACCME
Web site (www.accme.org). An accredited CME provider must follow all of the requirements of both
the AMA and its accreditor (ACCME or SMS) in order to certify a CME activity for AMA PRA
Category 1 Credit™.
2. What is certified CME?
Certified CME is defined as:
a. Nonpromotional learning activities certified for credit prior to the activity by an organization
authorized by the credit system owner, or
b. Nonpromotional learning activities for which the credit system owner directly awards credit
Certified CME encompasses all activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by ACCME/SMS
accredited CME providers, activities certified through the American Academy of Family Physicians
(AAFP) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) credit systems, and activities certified directly by the
AMA for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or through one of the AMA’s international agreements.
3. How does the AMA monitor compliance with the AMA PRA Credit System requirements?
The AMA monitors for compliance with AMA PRA credit system...