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SAEME will consider complaints about program quality, third-party comments, and information from public sources which, if substantiated would represent noncompliance with accreditation standards or unsatisfactory performance in one or more elements.

SAEME will not accept complaints concerning individual matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty or students.

Complaints concerning each element of the standards of accreditation will be evaluated by SAEME.

The submission of the complaint should contain as much information as possible about the comment. SAEME will attempt to maintain the confidentiality of complaints and comments and all submitted documents. SAEME will not accept anonymous complaints.

Complaints concerning each element of the standards of accreditation will be evaluated by SAEME.

All complaints will be first analyzed by SAEME Secretariat.

Complaints made about an accredited medical school which may compromise the school’s accreditation status if the complaint is substantiated will be reported to the dean of medical school to give the opportunity to respond.

After this procedure, the Secretariat will decide either if the complaint is resolved and give a response to the individual who made the complaint or to send the results to the Accreditation Committee that will decide if a further action is needed.

All the information concerning the complaints will be kept for five years.

Either SAEME Secretariat or Accreditation Committee can decide that the complaint is outside SAEME’s remit and inform the author of the complaint or notify a third party, such as the Federal Council of Medicine or the Brazilian Association of Medical Education.

All complaints are considered in the evaluation of the medical schools. A record of the complaints is provided to the site visit team (survey team) with specific orientations for a careful evaluation during the visit.


The accredited medical school must fill a report every two years concerning if major changes happened in each of the five standards of the accreditation (Educational Management, Educational Program, Academic Staff/Faculty, Students and Educational Resources) or if a substantial change is planned (curriculum reform) or if a substantial unplanned change occurred (problems with clinical settings). SAEME will decide if a new (focused) evaluation is needed.

This post-accreditation report of accredited medical schools will be evaluated by SAEME that can decide to order new information and/or documents from the medical school and decide to perform a new site visit that can result in maintain or withdraw the accreditation.

SAEME requires prior notification of changes that affect the medical education program. All notifications of anticipated changes must be submitted in time for SAEME to review the information prior to the implementation of the change.

Prior notification to SAEME is required when an accredited program plans to modify the educational program, becomes aware that the resources supporting it may change, or wishes to increase student enrollment, such that the balance between enrollment and resources would be substantially altered.

SAEME must be notified of plans for a major reorganization of one or more years of the curriculum or the medical education program as a whole that will require additional resources or existing resources to be used in new ways. SAEME will determine if changes in the program’s accreditation status or term is necessary, or if any follow-up is needed.

The accreditation decision is granted for five years. At the end of the accreditation period, the accredited medical school must re-start the entire process of accreditation, submitting a complete application, and there will be a new site visit for a new period of accreditation.

Click here for download the form to follow up the accredited medical school.


Conselho Federal de Medicina – CFM (Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine) and Associação Brasileira de Educação Médica – Abem (Brazilian Association of Medical Education), reaffirming their commitment with ethical professional practice and quality of education, are united to develop and implement the Sistema de Acreditação de Escolas Médicas no Brasil – Saeme (Accreditation System of Medical Schools in Brazil). As well as other international accreditation systems of medical schools, Saeme is an answer to the requirement of improving the quality of medical education due to increasing number of medical schools and growing professional mobility, and a way to assure healthcare of good quality. It is a non-regulatory procedure and of voluntary inclusion, which complements the governmental procedures of institutional assessment.

The Guideline for Accreditation of Basic Medical Education of World Health Organization and World Federation for Medical Education guided the Saeme accreditation process.

The mission of Saeme is promoting the excellence of medical education based on an accreditation process of Brazilian medical schools, grounded on transparency, ethics and independence.


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The Accreditation System of Medical Schools in Brazil (Saeme) is open for the year 2017.

Medical schools that wish to participate in Saeme can apply your medical program by clicking on „Applying for Accreditation – Program“ at the botton of this page.

See the report of the social body of some schools that have gone through the accreditation process of Saeme in 2016.

"We would like to be believed, but more than that, we would like to know what we can improve on. So do not spare us! "(Dean)

"All the moments of conversation were enriching for us students." (Student)

"I congratulate the Saeme for the professionalism, ethics, capacity, smoothness, courtesy and even why not say "affection" with which we were treated!" (Medical program coordinator)


Universidade Positivo


Faculdade de Medicina de Jundiaí


Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública