CPD activity toolkit
Resources for developing or reviewing an activity
Are you planning to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) activity for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credit? Or are you an accredited CPD provider being asked to review a CPD activity for accreditation?
In order for an activity to be eligible for accreditation, it must be developed by a physician organization and approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider.
Activities with international participants
Will your activity be available to international participants? In support of global learning, the Royal College has several recognition agreements covering continuing professional development and Maintenance of Certification Program credits. Learn how to help your international participants claim credits for your activity.
What is a “physician organization”?
The Royal College created the CPD activity toolkit to help accredited CPD providers review activities; and to help developers of educational activities who want to create quality programs.
Each topic in the toolkit includes explanations, practical examples and other resources.
In the toolkit
- Creating learning objectives
- Educational delivery methods
- Needs assessment
- Relationships with speakers and sponsors
- Sample Conflict of Interest Form
- Sample Certificate of Attendance
- Web-based CPD events
Accreditation of CPD activities
- Section 1 group learning activities (conferences, workshops)
- Section 3 self-assessment programs
- Section 3 simulation activities
International accreditation agreements
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
- Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
Definition of terms
|Term||Royal College definition|
|Co-development||The process by which two or more organizations, at least one of which must be a physician organization, prospectively collaborate to develop and implement an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.|
|Educational grant||The mechanism by which a sponsor provides support to a CPD organizer for a specific educational activity, learning resource or tool.|
|Physician organization||A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members.|
|Sponsor||An individual, group, corporation or organization (for-profit and not for-profit) who provides financial or in kind support, including goods or services in support of accredited educational activities, learning resources, or tools.|
|Sponsorship||The process by which an individual, group, corporation or organization provides financial and in-kind support for the development, delivery or evaluation of an accredited CPD activity, learning resource or tool. Sponsorship may include goods or services in support of accredited educational activities, learning resources, or tools.|
|Tagging||The linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.|
|Transparency||To provide transparency means to clearly disclose, divulge or make known. (The opposite of transparency is ambiguity.)|
- Conferences and workshops
- List of accredited CPD activities
- Rounds, journal clubs and small groups
- Self-assessment programs
- Simulation activities
- Tools and resources for accredited CPD providers
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