International CPD accreditation agreements
The Royal College has three international agreements covering continuing professional development (CPD) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credits.
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
American Medical Association (AMA)
International agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) has established an agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA) where selected activities approved for Royal College MOC credits are eligible for conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This agreement is in place from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016.
Only those national specialty societies and simulation programs that have been approved by the Royal College as accredited CPD providers and those university offices of continuing medical education (CME) accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) are covered by this agreement.
Only those activities approved by Royal College-accredited CPD providers (as described above) in the following categories are eligible for conversion:
- Section 1, live face-to-face group learning
- Section 1, web-based synchronous
- Section 1, web-based asynchronous
- Section 3, self-assessment programs (designed to help the specialist identify gaps in knowledge)
- Section 3, simulation activities
Credit cannot not be given retroactively.
Royal College MOC credit (as described above) will only be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to individuals who have received a Doctor of Medicine or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or an equivalent degree following successful completion of a prescribed course of study of medicine or osteopathic medicine.
Credit will be converted based on one hour of participation equalling one credit for all activities. Physicians wishing to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ must go to the AMA website to obtain the necessary paperwork and instructions. The AMA charges a processing fee for credit conversion.
The following AMA credit designation statement must be included on all disseminated promotional materials and all certificates given to physicians for their participation in the above-described categories.
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. More information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit.
Certificates provided to physician participants must delineate the total number of accredited hours of the activity so that the appropriate conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be made.
Each Royal College-accredited CPD provider will be required to submit an example of a certificate that will be provided to physician participants in order for AMA staff to compare certificates submitted with requests for conversion of credit. The certificates will be collected by the Royal College CPD accreditation staff and submitted to the AMA on behalf of the accredited CPD provider.
Substantive equivalency: What it means to accredited CPD providers
Acting on feedback from Fellows and accredited CPD providers, the Royal College applied to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in the United States for “recognition of substantial equivalency” with the CME accreditation program of the ACCME. The objective was to enhance the international recognition of accredited CPD providers approved by the Royal College and strengthen the basis for Fellows who attend international CPD events to include these credits as part of their personal continuing professional development.
In July 2008, the Royal College was notified that the Board of the ACCME granted the Royal College recognition of “substantive equivalency” based on the ability of the Royal College’s CPD accreditation system to reflect a common set of values, principles and metrics.
This recognition means that CME/CPD events developed by U.S.-accredited physician organizations and held in Canada no longer require review and approval by a Royal College-accredited CPD provider.
Note: Section 3 Self-Assessment Programs continue to require review and approval by a Canadian accredited CPD provider.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
International accreditation agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the European Union of Medical Specialists
The international accreditation agreement was signed by Ms. Jennifer Gordon (Assistant Director, Continuing Professional Development at the Royal College) and Dr. Edwin Borman (Secretary General, European Union of Medical Specialists/Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes) on July 24, 2012. The agreement will be active from May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2015.
This agreement allows European Union (EU) physicians who participate in accredited live educational activities held in Canada to convert Maintenance of Certification (MOC) accredited group learning (Section 1) credits to European Continuing Medical Education Credits (ECMECs), and Canadian physicians who participate in similar activities in the EU to convert ECMECs to MOC accredited group learning (Section 1) credits.
The following statement may be included on certificates of attendance given to physicians for participation in live educational events accredited by the Royal College within Canada.
European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Live educational activities, occurring in Canada, recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.
The following statement may be included on certificates given to physicians for participation in live educational events accredited by the UEMS-EACCME® within their jurisdiction.
Live educational activities occurring outside of Canada that are recognized by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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