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.)

*What is a ‘physician organization’?

A physician organization is defined by the Royal College as a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members through

  • continuing professional development,
  • provision of health care, and/or
  • research

Examples of physician organizations:

  • faculties of medicine
  • hospital departments or divisions
  • medical societies
  • medical associations
  • medical academies
  • physician research organizations
  • health authorities not linked to government agencies
  • Canadian provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities (MRAs)

This definition excludes pharmaceutical companies and their advisory groups, medical and surgical supply companies, medical device companies, communication companies and other for-profit organizations and ventures/activities.

Examples of other groups that are not considered physician organizations:

  • disease-oriented patient advocacy organizations (e.g. Canadian Diabetes Association)
  • government departments or agencies (e.g. Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • medical education or communications (MEC) companies (e.g. CME Inc.)
  • for-profit online educators, publishing companies or simulation companies (e.g. Medscape, CAE)
  • small groups of physicians working together to develop educational programming

 


- last updated June 2020 -