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Accreditation of Simulation Programs

Simulation programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada enjoy international recognition thanks to a rigorous peer review process that measures their ability to meet the highest standards in administration, education and ethics.

Simulation-based learning activities are planned and delivered according to the latest educational research, and have a demonstrated impact on patient safety and quality care provided by health professionals.

Our simulation programs demonstrate their adherence to accreditation standards within each of the following domains: mission statement and governance, infrastructure, education, research, patient safety and the health care system.

Simulation Program Accreditation Standards
How your program will benefit
Important dates and schedule
Application details and fees
Accredited Simulation Programs

John G. Wade Visiting Professorship in Patient Safety and Simulation-based Education

How your program will benefit

Royal College accredited Simulation Programs enjoy international recognition because they are:

  • Leaders in simulation and part of a national cadre of clinical educators available with expertise in CanMEDS, professional development and interprofessional simulation-based education
  • Focused on interprofessionalism and patient safety
  • Able to self-approve Royal College Maintenance of Certification credits (eligible Canadian Programs only)
  • Leaders in promoting educational and ethical standards
  • Able to influence other programs and simulation systems through identification of, and sharing of, best practices
  • Collaborators in the development of scholarship and research in education.
  • Supported by the Royal College through access to medical education experts, customized coaching, web-based tools, Simulation Summit, and the CPD Accreditation Conference
  • A preferred facility for PPI courses and workshops (ACES, SET, etc). Refer to website for more information.
  • Eligible for John G. Wade Visiting Professorship in Patient Safety and Simulation-based Medical Education


All health care simulation programs are invited to apply to become a Royal College accredited simulation program. Simulation programs must be:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • with a formal governance structure
  • accountable to and serving healthcare professionals through simulation-based education and research activities.

Important dates and schedule

Simulation accreditation is a voluntary process that includes an external review of a simulation programs’ ability to provide simulation-based education activities that reflect the highest administrative, educational, and ethical standards. The accreditation process has multiple components including the completion of a readiness assessment, an application, an on-site peer-review and a final review by the Royal College Simulation Accreditation Committee.

The Royal College conducts the reviews on the following schedule:

  • submission of the application form April 1 or November 1
  • site peer reviews take place June - August or February - March
  • the accreditation cycle is typically between three to five years from date of approval
  • accreditation must be renewed every three to five years

Application details and fees

Organizations seeking simulation accreditation are required to pay a non-refundable administration fee of $2,500 prior to submitting their completed application form (called the Accreditation Application for Simulation Programs).

Full accreditation fee is payable within two years of application. Our process operates on a cost-recovery basis, which means the remaining fees fund the conference calls, travel expenses and support required for the peer reviews we conduct during your program’s accreditation cycle.

Contact us for more information: 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275 /

Accredited Simulation Programs


Contact person

Advanced Technical Skills Simulation Laboratory

Marcia Clark, MD, MSc, FRCSC, DIP Sports Medicine

Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre

Doug Campbell, MD
416-864-6060 ext. 77431

Nazanin Khodadoust

Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR)

Christopher M. Schlachta BSc (Hons), MDCM, FRCSC, FACS

Chris Harris

Centre d’apprentissage des attitudes et habiletés cliniques

Pierre Drolet, MD, FRCPC

Centre de simulation Mère-Enfant

Andrée Sansregret, MD FRCSC, M.A.Ed

Arielle Lévy, MD MEd FRCPC

Centre for Simulation Based Learning

Matthew Sibbald, MD, MHPE, PhD, FRCPC
905-525-9140 ext 20266

Clinical Simulation Centre

Kim Garrison

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC)

Dr. Abdulaziz Boker
King Abdulaziz University Hospital
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Centre

Vincent Grant, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Lebanese American University-Clinical Simulation Center

Vanda Abi Raad, MD, MHPE, CHSE

Programme de formation de l'Académie CHUM

Natalie Beaulieu
514 890-8070

Programme de simulation de l'Institut du Savoir Montfort

Richard Waldolf, MD

Programme de simulation de la Faculté des sciences infirmières de l'Université de Montréal

Haj Mohammed Abbad, Inf. MSc, Adm.

Louise-Andrée Brien, Inf. MSc

Rockyview General Hospital Internal Medicine Simulation Program

Ghazwan Altabbaa, MD MSc, CHSE

Shanghai 6th People’s Hospital Clinical Skills Lab affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Yang Zou
(86 21)64368322

SickKids Simulation Program

Kelly McMillen

Emily Louca

Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning

Philippe Legault

Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre

Jordan Tarshis, MD, FRCPC
416-480-6100 ext. 3377

Susan DeSousa, B.Sc, RRT

University Health Network Continuing Education Simulation Program

Ana Lopez Filici

Phoebe Lam
416-340-4800 ext. 8748

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC)

Vicki LeBlanc, PhD

Kevin Thomas


Simulation Program Accreditation
Practice, Performance and Innovation Unit
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N8
Telephone: 613-730-6275; Toll-free: 1-800-668-3740 ext. 275