The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is a web-based portal designed to streamline and support the collection of program and activity data from accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers. The ACCME uses the information collected in PARS to support the performance-in-practice reviews that are part of the process for initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and progress report reviews. In addition, the data from PARS is used to produce annual reports as a service to accredited providers and other stakeholders.
Beginning with those ACCME-accredited providers receiving accreditation decisions in November 2018, the accreditation process is being moved online to PARS. Accredited providers will also be able to see their accreditation history in PARS. Detailed instructions will be given to providers as part of the reaccreditation instructions.
Who Uses PARS?
All accredited providers within the ACCME System (including Jointly Accredited providers) are required to use PARS.
Accredited providers can log into PARS by clicking here or by clicking on the login buttons located within the For Accreditors and For CME Providers section of the ACCME website.
When you log in for the first time, you'll need to reset your password by clicking on "Can't log in or forgot your password?" on the login screen. The system will prompt you to enter your email address. A reset password email will be forwarded to the address you provide. Once you've reset your password, you'll be able to log in and access the Program and Activity Data button which will take you to where you can submit and access your activity and MOC learner data.
Reporting Activity and Program Data
You must enter all of your organization's program and activity data for a completed Reporting Year and complete the Attestation by the last business day of the following March to allow for the calculation of the Annual Report data. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2017 reporting year for ACCME-accredited providers is April 2, 2018. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2017 year-end reporting earlier and should check with their accreditor for more information.
Organizations are encouraged to begin entering data as soon as possible. You can enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity has occurred.
PARS Improvements for Reporting of Activity and Program Data
BATCH UPLOAD RESOURCES
Tab-delimited batch upload, XML batch upload and web services information can be found at:
- PARS Technical Information (ACCME and State-accredited providers)
- JA-PARS Technical Information (Jointly-accredited providers)
We have prepared the following resources to support your use of PARS.
CME that Counts for MOC
The ACCME and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) have collaborated to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME. Providers can now use PARS to register their activities for these specialty boards' MOC programs. Learn more about CME that Counts for MOC.
PARS and REMS Data Collection
As a service to the CME community and to the FDA, the ACCME modified PARS to enable accredited providers to submit information specific to the Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS CME activities they provide. For more information, please see:
PARS Release Notes offer a brief, current summary of the enhancements we have made for your quick reference. This tool will be especially helpful to providers using PARS on a frequent basis. To access our online library of PARS educational resources, including video tutorials and FAQs, visit the Ask ACCME Q & A and click on ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) in the topics menu. In addition, after you have logged into PARS, you can click on Help at the top of each screen or the question marks (?) on each page to receive assistance. If you can't find the assistance you need, please submit your questions using the Contact Support interface within PARS.
ACCME-accredited providers: As always, you may contact us with any questions you may have.
State-accredited providers: Please contact your accreditor directly with any questions you may have
Providers that hold Joint Accreditation: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.