Covid-19 temporary CPD accreditation measures
In recognition of the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Royal College has temporarily streamlined the accreditation process so that COVID-19 related activities can be approved and disseminated quickly. As a result, Section 1 and 3 COVID-19 related activities can be approved with a reduced application package consisting of:
- A checklist signed by the physician responsible for overseeing the content development for the activity. Download checklist here. (PDF 231 KB)
- A summary of the evaluation forms for the activity sent to CAS after completion of the activity.
Please note that all the criteria listed in the checklist must be met for the activities to be eligible for accreditation. The request must be made before the activity is scheduled to take place. You will receive an approval confirmation letter.
The allowance will remain in place until the federal government lifts pandemic-related measures, at which time CPD accreditation will return to regular processes.
As approved by the Royal College, CAS can temporarily grant retroactive accreditation for COVID-19 activities. This retroactive accreditation is only available for COVID-related activities that took place between January 1, 2020 and April 22, 2020 AND meet all the requirements in the self-approval checklist.
All requests and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note - below are regular accreditation instructions and services offered by CAS. Please refer to the COVID-19 temporary CPD accreditation measures above until further notice.
As an accredited CPD provider of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, CAS can review and accredit Section 1 and Section 3 (Self-Assessment Program & Simulation) activities and can engage in co-development projects with non-physician organizations. Our CEPD team can also provide you with assistance in organizing and accrediting your meeting through the CAS.
How to Apply for Accreditation
Accreditation applications should be submitted to the CAS office, at email@example.com, as early as possible. We recommend that you submit at least 6 weeks before the activity date, to avoid late fees or the possibility of CAS declining to review.
The submission should include the application form and all the required attachments, and you must follow all relevant CAS Accreditation processes, guidelines and policies, as well as the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities and the Canadian Medical Association Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry.
Please allow for extra time, as early as possible in the development phase, to familiarize yourself with the accreditation process and the relevant guidelines and standards.
The CAS Accreditation Process and Resources Booklet, accessible here, contains useful information, such as:
- An accreditation application overview
- A description of required application documents & forms
- Our process for co-development with non-physician organization
- Our accreditation policy and co-development accreditation policy
- External policies
- CAS accreditation guidelines
- The accreditation application fee structure
- A guide for the official use of logos and accreditation documents
Our revised and updated Application form is available here.
To help in the development of your program, we have provided below several document templates, as well as a guide for writing learning objectives, that we encourage you to share with your faculty.
Additionally, the following link to the Royal College CPD activity toolkit gives you access to explanations, practical examples and other resources created for developers of educational activities who want to create quality programs, including:
- Needs assessment
- Creating learning objectives
- Educational delivery methods
- Web-based CPD events
- Relationships with speakers and sponsors
- Sample Conflict of Interest Form
- Sample Certificate of Attendance
Do you have questions regarding applying for accreditation, the current requirements for accredited CPD activities, or the scientific program of the CAS Annual Meeting?
Are you unsure about the application fee?
Do you have a co-development proposal for CAS?
Please direct any questions and comments regarding accreditation or the work of the CEPD committee to Cristina Mita at firstname.lastname@example.org - we will be happy to assist you.