Updates CPD Accreditation/Certification

Royal College Accreditation News

As of January 1, 2024 MOC Section 1, 2 & 3 Requirements:

  • Total number of credits per 5 year cycle: reduced from 400 to 250
  • Annual credit accumulation: reduced from 40 to 25
  • MOC Section 3 maintains a requirement of a minimum of 25 credits at the end of the five-year cycle
  • MOC Section 3 NEW name: Feedback and Improvement
  • No longer a requirement: The former minimum of 25 credits for Section 1 and Section 2 will no longer be required

The Continuing Professional Development Office – McGill School of Medicine will announce additional updates when provided by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

New National Standards for Support of Accredited CPD Activities 

Effective January 1, 2018

The SPC’s CoI disclosures must be provided in written form to the participants: National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities: Standard 3.1 and 3.3. The individual CoI disclosures do not need to be stated ‘one per slide’ nor is it necessary to provide the statements via the PPT slides. You may provide the written disclosures via brochure, handout, etc…

New National Standards for Support of Accredited CPD Activities

Effective January 1, 2018

National Standards - Accredited CPD Activities
RCPSC - FAQ's for Implementation of CPD National Standards
CFPC - FAQ's for Implementation of CPD National Standards

CPD Accreditation Certification Criteria

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC): Understanding MAINPRO+ Certification

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC): Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

National Standards for Support of Accredited CPD Activities

Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry

Le Conseil Québécois de développement professionnel continu des médecins (CQDPCM): 2016 Code of Ethics for parties involved in Continuing Medical Education

CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University - Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

New -Accreditation Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) - Accreditation Toolkit FAQs
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) - CPD FAQ's
RCPSC - FAQ's for Implementation of CPD National Standards
CFPC - FAQ's for Implementation of CPD National Standards

New CPD Planning Process

Prior to developing/planning a CPD Activity

We strongly recommend to read the CPD Planning Process prior to planning an activity.

New Mitigating Conflict of Interest (CoI)

Guide - Strategies in place for managing/mitigating identified conflicts of interest

Invoicing System

Effective January 1, 2017

Please see the classifications listed below to identify which invoicing system applies to you:

Application Fees

Once the certification/accreditation review has been completed, an invoice indicating all fees (+ applicable taxes) linked to your activity will be submitted to you.

1. External to McGill:

McGill’s Accounts Receivable Office will be sending you a detailed invoice with all applicable fees.

2. McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Departments:

We require a Purchase Order (PO) number (document) to generate the invoice. This is also a hospital policy. Please contact your Purchasing Department to obtain the PO documentation. Kindly issue the PO documentation under the Vendor/Supplier indicated below:

McGill University
Accounts Receivable
3465 Durocher St., Suite #323
Montreal, QC H2X 0A8

Contact: Maria Anania – maria.anania [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: 514-398-2311 │ Fax: 514-398-1327

3. McGill University Units - paying via FOAPAL:

The CPD Office will be sending you a detailed invoice with all applicable fees. Insert the FOAPAL to be charged on page 27. Note: GST and QST exempt.

Updated 2017

Prior to completing an accreditation/certification application form, consult our McGill CPD - Accreditation Step-by-Step Guide.

Updated 2017

To facilitate the review process, please ensure to complete the most up-to-date CPD Accreditation/Certification Application Form.

Mainpro+ Changes June 2016

If you are requesting Mainpro+ certification ensure to complete pages 21-27 of our most up-to-date CPD Accreditation/Certification Application Form or complete our CFPC Mainpro+ Certification Application Form.

Effective June 1, 2016

It is no longer permitted to make reference to the RCPSC, MOC Section 1, MOC Section 3, the CFPC or Mainpro+ certification approval before the program officially receives approval. It is not permitted to state or indicate that credits have been granted, are pending or applied for.

Accreditation/Certification wording is no longer permitted during the review period.

CQDPCM Code of Ethics: CPD Activity (Planning, Developing, Implementing)

Effective January 2016

To develop and plan a CPD activity, in particular for activities being held in Quebec, ensure to engage two (2) Committees:

  1. Scientific Committee
  2. Organizing Committee


  • A physician organization must be involved in the development and/or co-development of the activity.
  • The scientific committee must conduct a needs assessment of the target audience prior to selecting the presenters and topics. What is a Need Assessment?
  • The activity/presentations’ learning objectives must be defined according to the needs assessment results. Consult our Learning Objectives Criteria.
  • There will be no industry influence over any of the planning aspects for this activity.
  • A minimum 25% of the activity will be defined as interactive learning.
  • Presenters will be provided with specific instructions regarding the criteria for disclosing conflicts of interest to participants.
  • Content will enclose generic product names. No commercial names are permitted, a balanced view of therapeutic options will be presented and will be free of commercial bias.
  • All funds received in support of this activity will be provided in the form of an educational grant payable to the physician organization for management and disbursement.
  • Declaration of potential conflict of interest forms (COI) form will be completed by the scientific and organizing committees and all resource persons involved in planning, developing and implementing this activity. Consult our COI Guideline document or the template - COI and Learning Objectives.

For more detailed information, consult the CPD Accreditation/Certification Application Form.

CQDPCM Code of Ethics (Marketing - Promotional Materials - Content)

Applies to accredited and non-accredited activities held in Quebec:

  • Logos are not permitted, tagging is not permitted.
  • It is not permissible to include logos within the header or footer for PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.
  • It is not permissible to use colors and/or color schemes commonly associated with a company and/or one or more of its products for PowerPoint slides, handouts, etc.
  • Funding organizations booths should be located in a separate room from conference rooms where education content is being presented.
  • Funding organizations may be disclosed on materials not containing educational content.
  • Funding organizations must be listed together in one location (preferably the last page of the program) in the activity materials without logos; the names must all be the same size and the same font.
  • Funding organizations may be acknowledged as follows: The program has received an educational grant from (funding company name(s)).

For more information, consult the CQDPCM Code of Ethics 2016 Edition.

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