How and when am I affected?
Transitioning to a new accreditation system is complex. The Royal College wants to assure all schools and programs that they will have the time they need to prepare for the proposed changes.
2017 accreditation visits and beyond
The proposed changes will NOT affect schools and programs currently preparing for accreditation visits in 2017 and 2018.
The accreditation process remains status quo, pending full endorsement of:
- The guiding principles and components of the new system.
- The new general accreditation standards for both institutions and residency programs.
- Implementation by the three Colleges’ accreditation committees (more information can be found at www.canrac.ca).
When will my university or program be affected?
Initial prototype testing began in the fall of 2015 and continues through 2019. The plan is for the new standards and processes to apply to all programs and schools being reviewed after July 1, 2019.
CanRAC is the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium, which is comprised of the three certification colleges in Canada:
- Collège des médecins du Québec
- College of Family Physicians of Canada
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The three Colleges partnered in 2013 to evaluate the current accreditation system.