Milestones

1998

  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC initiate collaboration for the purpose of aligning the three accrediting systems.

1998-2007

  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC continue collaborating, sharing terms and definitions, and building the foundation of a Joint AccreditationTM program.
  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC release Joint Self-Study Report Outline, offering accredited continuing education providers a single data source to submit to each of the three accrediting bodies.

2007

  • As part of the alignment process, ACPE adopts the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM(ACCME SCS).

2008

  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC release Joint Accreditation proposal for discussion with continuing education providers.

2009

  • ANCC agrees to use the ACCME SCS for any Joint Accreditation program.
  • Joint Accreditation program launched, including Joint Accreditation Criteria, eligibility information, and application process.

2010

  • First two providers achieve Joint Accreditation.

2012

  • Joint Accreditation executive leaders and jointly accredited providers begin making presentations at continuing healthcare education conferences demonstrating how Joint Accreditation supports interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  • ACCME Board of Directors convenes discussions with invited guests about advancing interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) in support of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC executive leaders discuss their experience modeling interprofessional collaborative practice through the Joint Accreditation initiative.

2013

  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC host Interprofessional Accreditation in Support of Interprofessional Education: An Exploratory Meeting of Accreditors. The inaugural meeting brings together continuing education accreditors from a variety of health professions to identify areas of alignment among the accreditation systems and opportunities to support IPCP.
  • ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC hold focus group of jointly accredited providers to discuss benefits, opportunities, and challenges of Joint Accreditation, suggestions for evolving the program, and best practices for developing interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) in support of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP).
  • Enhancements to Joint Accreditation program open eligibility to more organizations, streamline requirements, unify fee structures, and increase the value of the program.
  • Joint Accreditation Web site launched.
  • A total of 14 providers have achieved Joint Accreditation as of December 2013.

 

2014

 

  • Joint Accreditation featured in Keynote at ACEHP annual conference.
  • Joint Accreditation program describes program value.
  • Interprofessional Continuing Education and Joint Accreditation discussed at SACME meeting.
  • Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Program reaches milestone: First provider receive reaccreditation.
  • Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education described in American Nurse cover story. 

 

2015

  • Leadership summit for Jointly Accredited providers convened by ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC.
  • Joint Accreditation and National Center create advisory board on Interprofessional Continuing Education.
  • Assessing progress on Institute of Medicine report.
  • Accreditors participate in Interprofessional Continuing Education advisory board meeting.
  • Accreditors co-host "Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education" workshop
  • A total of 26 providers have achieved Joint Accreditation as of December 2015.

 

2016

  • 2nd Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited providers convened by ACCME, ACPE and ANCC.
  • New Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education logo and provider mark created.