See “General Guidelines for Documenting CEUs” for details on how to document CEUs
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits MAY or MAY NOT be acceptable for PEER CEU credit. Individuals wishing to obtain PEER CEU credit by participating in programs that award CME credits for physicians are NOT required to take part in the CME pre-programming examination OR the post-program examination in order to receive PEER CEU credit. For example, those individuals attending the ASRM meeting are not required to take part in the pre-program links that ASRM forwards to all registrants. Likewise, participants at ASRM meetings are not required to take part in the post-program links ASRM forwards to all registrants.
The PEER CEU program is completely separate from the CME program. In addition, the CME reporting form included with most CME programs is not acceptable for PEER CEU recording. You must use a PEER CEU recording form. The type of form depends on the program. Some programs that have CME approval also have applied for and been awarded PEER approval. In these cases, such as designated ASRM programs, you must obtain the PEER CEU recording form at the meeting AND return the form for validation prior to leaving the meeting. For programs that provide CME credit but are not pre-approved by PEER you may apply for CEU credit using the non-PEER approved process discussed below and in the General Guidelines for Documenting CEUs.
You may receive up to four (4) hours or 0.4 CEU in each two-year CEU recording period for writing examination items (questions) for the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) or the AAB Board of Registry (ABOR) examinations. One contact hour, or 0.1 CEU, credit is awarded for every six (6) examination questions. The questions must be in the correct format, original questions and be accepted by the Item Writers' Committee to receive CEU credit. For format specifications and additional information, visit Guidelines for Writing Examination Questions.
College credits acceptable to PEER may be substituted for CEUs. Two (2) semester hours or three (3) quarter hours are equivalent to 2.0 CEUs. We must receive an official transcript from the educational institution. For credits to be acceptable for PEER CEU credit the credits must be from an accredited college or university and must be in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science.
CEU credit will be awarded based on the number of contact hours during the presentation. CEU credit will only be awarded the first time a particular topic is presented within a two-year CEU recording period.
You may receive credit for up to three (3) articles for a maximum of 12 hours or 1.2 CEUs in each two-year CEU recording period. The publication must be in a recognized, peer-reviewed journal, and the topic and content of the publication must be related to the clinical laboratory. You must be a listed author, not just an acknowledged contributor. A copy of the publication must be provided to PEER, and the final decision on acceptability for CEU credit resides solely with PEER.
Programs that are not approved by PEER, a state licensing Board, or a clinical laboratory association such as APHL, ASCLS(PACE), AACC(ACCENT) and ASM may be submitted for consideration as non-PEER approved programming. While PEER considers ALL continuing education credit worthwhile, PEER will ONLY award CEU credit for programming that is related to the laboratory field (see guideline examples below).
Documentation for these programs is the responsibility of the attendee. COMPLETE and accurate documentation is required in order for submitted programs to be reviewed for CEU credit. See General Guidelines for Documenting CEUs for details regarding proper documentation.
Examples of Non-PEER Approved Programs that are Acceptable for CEU Credit:
Examples of Non-PEER Approved Programs that are NOT Acceptable for CEU Credit: