The American Medical Association (AMA) and the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) have signed a CME agreement under which select activities approved for EBAC External CME credit are eligible for conversion of the hours of participation to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The agreement is in place for activities with a start date of Oct. 1, 2019 through Sep. 30, 2021. Credit cannot be retroactive.
The AMA agreement with EBAC does not include activities certified by EBAC-accredited CME providers and, as such, credit for these activities is not eligible for conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. EBAC credit will be converted only for activities certified by EBAC directly and covered by the agreement.
Only those activities certified for EBAC External CME credit in the following categories are eligible for conversion:
- Live events (oral presentations with simultaneous presence of the audience)
- E-learning (other presentations of CME/CPD, including print media, CD-ROM, internet, e-books)
- Micro e-learning (point-of-care decision support and educational units of less than one hour)
EBAC External CME hours of participation will be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for individuals who have received a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or an equivalent international degree. Other health care professionals can receive a certificate of participation.
EBAC credits will be converted based on one hour of participation equaling one credit for all activity types. Physicians wishing to convert EBAC External CME credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, and other health care professionals wishing to obtain a certificate of participation, will be required to follow the instructions outlined below. Physicians and other health care professionals will be required to pay a processing fee to the AMA.
The following AMA credit designation statement must be included on all disseminated promotional materials and all certificates given to physicians for their participation in the above-described categories.
“Through an agreement between the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EBAC External CME credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EBAC credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website. Other health care professionals may obtain from the AMA a certificate of having participated in an activity eligible for conversion of credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™”.
Certificates provided to participants should delineate the total number of accredited hours of the activity so that the appropriate conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be made.
Instructions for converting EBAC External CME credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
You can apply for conversion of EBAC External CME credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or for a certificate of participation for nonphysicians. The certificate(s) will be available within the transcript section of your AMA Ed Hub profile. Questions? Contact us at [email protected].
Visit the EBAC calendar on their website to ensure the activity was certified for EACCME credit. There are separate tabs for various activity types, and for live events you will need to check the box to display archived events (past programs).
To submit an application, you will need to include the following items:
- A copy of the EBAC External CME credit certificate
- Nonrefundable processing fee
More about EBAC
For more information about the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology, please visit the EBAC website.