Planning CPD Activities

The Office of Continuing Professional Development is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all CME/CHE activities, whether live or web-based, that are approved for credits related to the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). One of the critical functions of this office is ensuring that programs meet the educational and ethical requirements of our accreditors who grant us the right to award study credits to those who attend programs. The staff at Continuing Professional Development is knowledgeable about the required educational, financial and logistical processes required for development of CME/CHE activities.

The CPD Office offers two service models for accreditation of CME/CHE activities:

Model 1: Co-development of program, with accreditation services

The Office of Continuing Professional Development co-develops programming in full partnership with various entities from the beginning to the end of the program planning process, which ends in an evaluation. Accreditation services are included in this model. As a part of this partnership, conferencing support may be extended. Administrative support is not available on a separate or stand-alone basis.

Model 2: Accreditation services only

The Office of Continuing Professional Development is an accreditation-granting entity and the services for this process may be purchased on a stand-alone basis.

If you wish to pursue the development of an accredited CME/CHE program, please contact us.

CFPC Accreditation Criteria

The program must meet the following criteria as mandated by the CFPC:

  • The program must be based on information obtained through a needs assessment.
  • The program must be 25% interactive.
  • There must be an evaluation of the program.
  • There must be objectives written for participants to review prior to the delivery of the program.
  • There must be a member of the CFPC that has had significant input at the planning stage of the program.

RCPSC Accreditation Criteria

The program must meet the following criteria as mandated by the RCPSC:

  • The program must be based on information obtained through a needs assessment.
  • The program must be 25% interactive or be a small group of less than 16 persons.
  • There must be an evaluation of the program.
  • There must be objectives written for participants to review prior to the delivery of the program.
  • There must be a member of the RCPSC that has had significant input at the planning stage of the program.