International CME/CPD Conversion Support Blog


Foreign doctors attending US meetings with CME accreditation:

The American Medical  Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA category 1 credit.

The American Association responsible for the educational activity designates it for a number of  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Each medical specialist should claim only those credits

that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

These credits can be converted by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) into European CME credits (ECMEC’s) and into National Credits by the European National Authorities, wherever this is applicable.


UEMS -European Union of Medical Specialists

EACCME- European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education,  is the accrediting body of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

UEMS-EACCME and the American Medical Association (AMA) signed an agreement of mutual recognition of CME credits between Europe and the USA whereby:

• European physicians attending an event in the USA had their credits recognized in Europe

• American physicians attending an event in Europe had their credits recognized in the USA.


The EACCME remains the central body for accrediting events in Europe and the AMA in the USA.

EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA).


The purpose of the UEMS-EACCME is to harmonize and improve the quality of specialist medical care in Europe. The EACCME was set up as a UEMS body to facilitates exchange between European countries, between different specialties and between the European credit systems and comparable systems outside of Europe.