Accreditation Application Process:


National standard for support of accredited CPD activities

1. Review the criteria for accreditation

For the first time in Canada, the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities establishes a unified set of ethical standards and expectations that a continuing professional development activity must meet in order to be accredited for inclusion within the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program and the CFPC’s MAINPRO program.


Royal College CPD Toolkit - Needs Assessments


Royal College - What is a 'Physician Organization'?

2. Submit a Proposal for Accreditation

To be considered, contact CAP-ACP with a proposal that includes the following information:

• Proposed title
• Proposed target audience(s)
• Brief 1 paragraph description of the program
• 3-4 overall learning objectives
• Faculty suggestions (Names and affiliations)
• Proposed planning committee make up (Industry cannot sit on the planning committee)
• List of all involved organizations
• Proposed event schedule (including venue, food & beverage etc.)
• Overview of how needs were assessed

*Events held by Physician Organizations may be approved for Section 1 without CAP-ACP co-development.


Royal College CPD Toolkit - Learning Objectives


Royal College CPD Toolkit - Educational Delivery Methods


Royal College CPD Toolkit - Web Based Activities

3. Develop educational content

Co-development is defined by the Royal College as 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.

The physician organization (CAP-ACP) has ultimate authority over all decisions and is accountable to ensure that the administrative, educational and ethical accreditation standards for group learning activities are met.

If your proposal is approved, you may begin development of your program content.  Non-physician organization activities MUST be co-developed with CAP-ACP. A CAP-ACP member with expertise in the proposed subject must be included as part of the planning committee for all co-developed sessions. The CAP-ACP member will be responsible for ensuring that the program is:

  • Relevant to CAP-ACP areas of interest:
  • Cutting-edge and evidence-based and presenting a balanced view of the topic.
  • Presented by faculty who will best address the educational objectives and are unbiased.
  • Developed in keeping with CAP-ACP guidelines & policies, and both the CMA and  RCPSC Guidelines.
  • Planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance


CAP-ACP Maintenance of Certification Application

4. Submit MOC Accreditation Form and supporting documentation

  • Completed MOC accreditation application form (including all supporting documents).
  • Needs assessment summary.
  • Documentation on program development (e.g., minutes, reports, correspondence between planning committee members, etc.).
  • Completed and signed disclosure statements for all faculty.

5. Promotion of the Event

Promotion of the event is the responsibility of non-physician organization. All promotion must follow the CMA and RCPSC guidelines. All promotional material must include the appropriate accreditation statement and the logo of both organizations. All promotional materials must be approved by the CAP-ACP.


CAP-ACP Funding Policy

Royal College CPD Toolkit - Relationships with Speakers and Sponsors

6. Funding Guidelines

All travel, accommodation and honoraria will be allocated and distributed according to the CAP-ACP Funding Policy.

Royal College CPD Toolkit - Evaluations

7. Post-event Evaluation

Within 30 days of the program the co-developer will provide the following to the CAP-ACP office:

  • Final Program
  • A summary of all evaluations and copies of completed evaluation forms
  • A complete list of attendees, e-mail addresses, applicable RCPSC ID number (if available).

CAP-ACP will issue certificates of attendance to participants following the event.


- last updated June 2020 -