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International CPD accreditation agreements

The Royal College has four international agreements covering continuing professional development (CPD) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credits.

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, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

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 CPD 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 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. .

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.

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) has established an international CPD credit agreement with the European Union of Medical Specialists - European Accreditation Council for CME (UEMS-EACCME) whereby:

  • The Royal College will recognize live events accredited for ECMECs® by the UEMS-EACCME® as MOC Section 1 – Accredited Group Learning credit. This recognition is limited to live group learning activities held outside of Canada.
  • The UEMS-EACCME® will convert the number of MOC Section 1 – Accredited Group Learning credit granted by a Royal College accredited CPD provider into ECMECs®, upon first request of a physician. This recognition is limited to live events held outside of the European Union as well as the jurisdictions of the non-European Union countries represented at the UEMS as members.

This agreement is in place from December 20, 2016 to December 31, 2020.

Credit will not be designated retroactively.

The following statement may be included on certificates of attendance given to physicians for participation in eligible live educational activities accredited by Royal College accredited CPD providers:

  • “Live educational activities 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®.”

Certificates provided to physicians must delineate the number of hours for which the CPD activity is eligible for credit.

Please click here to read more about the UEMS-EACCME accreditation system.

Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, Ministry of Public Health

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) has established an agreement with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) whereby:

  • Any Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits assigned to a CPD activity accredited by a Royal College accredited CPD provider will be recognized as equivalent to QCHP CPD credit.
  • Any QCHP CPD credits assigned to a CPD activity accredited by a QCHP accredited CPD provider will be recognized as equivalent to Royal College MOC credit.

This agreement is in place from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021.

All CPD activities covered by this agreement must be approved by a Royal College or QCHP accredited CPD provider prior to the activity start date in order to be accredited; credit will not be designated retroactively.

Royal College accredited CPD providers may include the following statement on certificates of participation given to physicians having participated in eligible CPD activities accredited by it:

  • “Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, healthcare practitioners participating in the QCHP CME/CPD program may record MOC Section 1 or MOC Section 3 credits as QCHP Category 1 or Category 3 credits.”

Certificates provided to physician or healthcare practitioner participants must delineate the number of hours for which the CPD activity is eligible for credit.

Please click here to read more about the QCHP CME/CPD program.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

In December 2016, 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.

Contact us

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. 587

Email: cpd-accreditation@royalcollege.ca