Education & Meetings
Education and Meetings


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) definition of joint sponsorship is sponsorship of a CME activity by two institutions or organizations when only one of the institutions or organizations is accredited. The accredited provider must take responsibility for a CME activity when it is presented in cooperation with a non-accredited institution, or organization and must use the appropriate accreditation statement. A commercial interest cannot take the role of non-accredited entity in a joint sponsorship relationship.

In order to be considered for joint sponsorship, you must meet each of the following requirements:

  • The audience of your activity must be at least 50 percent North American neurosurgeons
  • Your organization must be a non-ACCME accredited provider
  • The mission statement, purpose, or function of your organization must be congruent with the AANS CME Mission Statement
  • You must submit the AANS joint sponsorship application at least six months in advance of your activity start date

If you do meet the above criteria, final approval will come from the AANS Joint Sponsorship Council. Should AANS jointly sponsor the meeting and find that the criteria ultimately weren’t met, we reserve the right to charge an additional fee to the group above and beyond the regular joint sponsorship fee.

Please contact AANS via email at with questions regarding joint sponsorship.

General Information:

Joint Sponsorship Fee Structure (PDF)

AANS' Role in Joint Sponsorship

Your Organization's Role in Joint Sponsorship

Glossary of Terms & Abbreviations

Honorary Policy

Commercial Support

Joint Sponsorship Application

Application Supporting Documents/Resources for Planning:

AANS CME Activity Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Data Sources

Preliminary Budget Template

Physician Attributes (PDF)

Required Documents Needed:

Disclosures & Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Letter of Agreement for Educational Grant (If applicable) (PDF)

Evaluation (sample)

CME Verification Form (sample) (PDF)

Requirements for Preliminary Program/Promotional Materials

Requirements for Final Program

Post Meeting Items

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