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Becoming a CPD provider: Accreditation standards

Below are the accreditation standards for organizations that the Royal College reviews for accredited continuing professional development (CPD) provider status. (Note that the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) also conducts reviews, specifically of university offices of CME. For a list of CACME accreditation standards, please visit the website.)

  • 1-a CPD has been integrated into the mission statement of the organization, which also describes the intended target audience.
  • 1-b The organization has defined CPD goals and objectives that are relevant to a defined target audience and are reflected in the scope of CPD events planned by the organization.
  • 2-a The organization has adequate financial resources to meet its CPD goals and objectives.
  • 2-b The organization has established an educational structure (for example, a CPD committee) representative of the identified target audience with responsibilities to plan and implement the goals and objectives relating to CPD for the organization.
  • 2-c The organization’s educational structure, as discussed in 2-b, should also include individuals with adult education expertise.
  • 2-d The organization has an administrative structure (for example, a secretariat) to help plan educational events, as well as administer the collection, storage and retrieval of accreditation documents and records of participation in CPD events.
  • 3-a The organization has written policies and procedures that define the relationship with sponsors related to the funding of CPD events.
  • 3-b The organization has written policies and procedures that define co-development relationships that guide the planning of CPD events, or potential future relationships with other physician organizations and non-physician organizations.
  • 3-c The organization has a defined process for disclosing potential conflicts of interest to participants.
  • 4-a The organization has written policies and documented procedures for reviewing events submitted for approval under Section 1 (Accredited Group Learning Activities).
  • 4-b The organization has written policies and documented procedures for reviewing events submitted for approval under Section 3 (Accredited Self-Assessment Programs).
  • 5-a There is a system established to identify the perceived professional development needs of the target audience.
  • 5-b There is a system established to identify the unperceived professional development needs of the target audience.
  • 5-c The organization has demonstrated how identified needs have been integrated into individual CPD events.
  • 6-a The organization has formulated overall and session-specific learning objectives derived from needs assessment strategies for each planned CPD event. The planning committee is responsible for ensuring a clear link between needs assessment and objectives.
  • 6-b The organization has formulated overall and session-specific learning objectives that indicate what a learner will be able to know or do as a result of engaging in the event or session.
  • 7-a The organization has selected and implemented learning formats consistent with the identified needs and established learning objectives.
  • 7-b The organization has devoted at least 25 per cent of either educational session or event time to interactive learning.
  • 8-a There is an evaluation strategy to measure the effectiveness of the overall CPD program in meeting its CPD goals and objectives and the educational needs of the organization’s membership.
  • 8-b There is an evaluation system established to evaluate the outcomes of individual CPD events and sessions, including the level to which the identified learning needs and objectives were met.

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CPD Accreditation Coordinator
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5N8
Telephone: 613-730-2587; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 367
Email: cpd-accreditation@royalcollege.ca