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Use or reprinting of CPT information in any product or publication requires either a distribution or internal-use license. Review the information provided before submitting an application for these licenses.

To obtain either, email the completed application form to CPT Intellectual Property Services at [email protected]  or mail it to:

CPT Intellectual Property Services
American Medical Association
330 N. Wabash, Suite 39300
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Distribution Licenses

Distribution licenses provide the nonexclusive right to use CPT data in content-added products (where CPT content is combined with other information). Reprinting of CPT material alone is not permitted.

  • Royalties to use CPT material:
    • Electronic or internet product: $15.50 per user, per product.
    • Print publication royalty: $15.50 per distributed copy.
  • Distribution may be in print, electronic media or over the internet, but the latter requires use of certain security features.
  • International rights are available.
  • Details regarding royalty reporting and payments are outlined in the distribution license agreement.
  • Reports and payments are due quarterly or semiannually.
  • A Minimum Annual Royalty Fee is due with the first royalty report and payment covering each calendar year.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for the completion of your license. A license contract will typically be sent to you within a month of your initial application. Additional time will be needed for your review of the agreement and for signature of the contract by both your company and the AMA.

Internal-Use Licenses

An internal-use license allows users to use the download a CPT data file at a single location. However, this license does not allow for redistribution.

  • Royalty is $80 per legal entity, plus $15.50 per user. The CPT data file is included in the license fee.
  • To obtain a license, a Data File Request Form must be completed and submitted. An AMA representative will contact you within 1-3 days after submitting the form.

Proper Use

The AMA holds copyright in CPT® and use or reprinting of CPT in any product or publication requires a license. Licensing is on a per product / per user basis.  A "User" is defined as an individual who:

  • Accesses, uses, or manipulates the Licensed Materials or
  • Accesses, uses, or manipulates a program which includes the Licensed Materials to produce or enable an output (data, reports and the like) that could not have been created without the Licensed Materials embedded in the program even though the Licensed Materials may not be visible or directly accessible or
  • Makes use of an output of a program which includes the Licensed Materials that relies on or could not have been created without the Licensed Materials embedded in the program even though the Licensed Materials may not be visible or directly accessible

Data files licenses are for use by a limited number of users and are not permitted to be integrated into HIT applications for use beyond the specified number of users you are licensing, whether internally developed applications or by a 3rd party. Such 3rd party applications include, but are not limited to, EPIC, MEDITECH, McKesson STAR, Series 2000 or Paragon.There are some instances that allow CPT data to be used without a license. Please refer to the U.S. Copyright Laws, Section 107 for more information on what’s considered fair use.

Marketing Material Usage

Use the registered trademark symbol (“®”) after the first appearance of “CPT” in each separate promotional piece when using the CPT name in marketing materials for licensed products. With longer pieces, such as catalogs, the mark must occur at various intervals throughout the document. The phrase “CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association” should appear on the page where CPT is first used.

“CPT” should be used as an adjective and not a noun. Words such as “code,” “book” or “descriptions” must appear following “CPT.”

  • Incorrect: CPT provides…
  • Correct: The CPT Book provides…

All marketing and promotional materials that refer to the name, initials or logo of the American Medical Association (AMA) require the prior written approval of the AMA. Statements that products are approved by the AMA or that imply AMA endorsement are not permitted.

CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

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