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In brief

On 2 March 2021, the National Agency for Regional Healthcare Services (Agenas) published the Provider Verification Manual setting forth the national framework, established by the National Commission for Continuing Education, on the supervisory and verification activities performed by accreditation bodies on the compliance with Continuing Medical Education regulations by providers.


The manual is composed of two parts. The first one, dealing with the evaluation of the organizational structure of applicant providers and accredited providers, defines the rules for the verification of the minimum requirements and standards provided by the National Accreditation Manual for the provision of CME events, which represent an essential condition for achieving and maintaining provisional accreditation, standard accreditation and its renewal.

The second part, dedicated to the evaluation of CME training activities, regulates the way in which these evaluations are carried out and identifies the principles on which they must be based, including: independence of the training content from commercial interests; correct implementation of CME legislation on sponsorship, advertising and conflicts of interest; scientific and educational quality of the training content and consistency of the events with the planned training objectives.

Author

Roberto Cursano is a counsel in Baker Mckenzie since 2007 in Rome, Italy office. His practice focus more in pharmaceutical and healthcare law matters and compliance, and assists in tender procedures, the negotiation of public contracts and litigation before administrative courts.

Author

Riccardo Ovidi is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Rome office.