CPD accreditation: Group learning activities
Process for seeking approval from an accredited CPD provider
Below is the application process for activities developed by physician organizations for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Section 1 credits.
Note: To have an activity approved for MOC credits, it must be reviewed by a Royal College-accredited CPD provider.
- Group learning activities held in Canada — such as conferences, workshops and seminars — must be reviewed by a Royal College-accredited CPD provider to be approved for MOC Section 1 credits. This applies to all face-to-face group learning activities, as well as web-based group learning activities.
- The accredited CPD provider is responsible for reviewing the CPD activity against defined administrative, educational and ethical standards for accredited group learning.
- The non-accredited physician organization is responsible for implementing the activity based on the plan approved by the accredited CPD provider.
- The non-accredited physician organization is responsible for maintaining attendance records for a five-year period.
- The non-accredited physician organization is responsible for providing attendees with certificates of participation.
- Approval under MOC Section 1 will be recognized by the following statement on all program materials and will be provided to the applicant by the accredited CPD provider upon approval:
This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by [accredited provider’s name].
- Applicants cannot include in program materials a statement indicating that accreditation is pending.
- Accreditation approval cannot be provided retroactively.
Step 1: Choose an accredited CPD provider
Review the accredited CPD provider directory and choose the appropriate organization to review your application. Be sure to choose an accredited CPD provider based on the target audience of your CPD activity.
Step 2: Contact the accredited CPD provider
Contact the accredited CPD provider as soon as possible. Discuss their accreditation procedures, including their administrative fees and timelines. Finally, ask for the accredited provider’s own application form.
Step 3: Fill out the application form
Fill out and submit the accredited CPD provider’s application form within the time frame provided.
(Note: Each accredited CPD provider is expected to develop its own policies and procedures for the review and approval of activities under the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal College and to ensure that they meet the minimal requirements established by the CMA (Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry), and the Royal College (the National Standard of Support for Accredited CPD Activities), where appropriate. As a result, policies and procedures may vary between accredited CPD providers.)
Step 4: Receive results
The accredited CPD provider will do one of the following:
- grant approval based on a successful application
- grant conditional approval requiring minor modifications to the activity
- require an additional full review requiring major modifications to the activity
- reject the application
Step 5: Indicate Section 1 approval of your activity
If your activity receives Section 1 approval, the following statement must appear on all conference materials (including the program and the certification of participation):
"This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by [accredited provider’s name]."
Step 6: Notify the Royal College
The accredited CPD provider will notify the Royal College of the approval of the activity for MOC Section 1 credits. The approved activity will appear on the Royal College website, listed under the appropriate specialty.
- Conferences and workshops
- Rounds, journal clubs and small groups
- Self-assessment programs
- Simulation activities
- List of accredited CPD activities
- Accredited CPD provider tools and resources
- CPD activity toolkit
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