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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is how doctors update their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. This includes all elements of good medical practice - clinical and non-clinical. If you have developed your Live Educational Event (LEE) to meet the needs of doctors seeking External (Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills) CPD credit it may be eligible for CPD approval.
Typical Live Educational Events that attract External CPD include:
While many approved events focus on medical/clinical topics, we also approve events focusing on non-medical topics such as medico-legal, risk management, leadership, quality improvement, patient safety and personal development.
At least one person on the organising faculty for your event must be a doctor who holds Specialist Registration with the Irish Medical Council. This person's details must be entered in the "Medical Organiser" section of your application form, and you must submit a Medical Organiser Declaration with your application.
External CPD is the category doctors use to record their maintenance of knowledge and skills and usually consists of educational activities that take place outside their normal working environment.
To be eligible, your event must:
Live Webinars can be approved for External credits if the activity meets the following additional criteria:
For information: speakers/lecturers may be based in Ireland or abroad
Any recording of a webinar for viewing after the event, it will attract 1 hour = 1 CPD credit in the Personal Learning CPD category. CPD approval or evidence of participation are not required for Personal Learning.
The assessment fee is non-refundable so make sure your event is eligible for consideration before you submit your application
Download: Remittance Advice
It is important to remember that a Live Educational Event cannot be approved retrospectively. From 1 May 2017, applications for approval of Live Educational Events that take place in the past will not be accepted
Be sure to read the RCPI Guide to CPD Approval 2020
Please remember that we cannot begin to process your application without all of the supporting material listed above.
If your application for CPD approval is on behalf of an Industry Sponsor (e.g. a pharmaceutical company or a medical device manufacturer), we need additional information to help us confirm the academic independence of the event - please see "PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY OR MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER - IMPORTANT INFORMATION" below
No. Each instance of an event must be individually assessed.
If you hold regular or recurring events, we will be able to assess them all in one application if you provide a schedule of confirmed dates, venues and topics with your application.
A CPD certificate of attendance issued by one Irish postgraduate medical training body will be automatically accepted by other training bodies as evidence of a doctor's participation in that activity.
You need only apply for CPD approval to one training body.
An online course may attract CPD credit if it meets the following criteria:
Our CPD approval process is conducted on a course by course basis for interactive educational activities that attract CPD in the External category.
Websites for the purpose of presenting enduring educational material such as reference documents, articles, publications, passive reading resources, or chat groups, are outside this process as those activities fall into the Personal Learning CPD Category, attracing 1 hour = 1 CPD credit in that category.
Internal learning sites used by employers, for their employees only, fall into the Internal CPD category and therefore are not required to seek CPD approval. Activities hosted on these sites attract 1 hour = 1 CPD credit in the Internal CPD category.
Doctors cannot be unduly influenced by industry in the care they provide to patients so it’s important we have strict guidelines to ensure there is no conflict of interest at educational events sponsored by industry (e.g. pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers).
Guidelines for event organisers:
Live Webinars/Online sessions:
Be sure to read our Policy on Industry Sponsorship and Support.
If your application for CPD approval is on behalf of an Industry Sponsor (e.g. a pharmaceutical company or a medical device manufacturer), we need additional information to help us confirm the academic independence of the event.
You’ll need to:
We may request copies of contracts with organising faculty members or speakers, and details of honoraria paid to them
Download: Example External CPD Evidence Template
If any changes to the programme, the date of the event, or the venue are made after approval has been issued, you must inform us of these changes. Be aware that changes after approval has been issued may invalidate the approval.
Send your changes to us at email@example.com
Some approved events will be randomly selected for audit. If your event has been selected, we will send you notification in good time, and a Clinician Reviewer and a member of our administrative staff will attend your event.
Doctors who present/speak at your event are entitled to claim for their attendance, so you should provide them with the same evidence of attendance as given to your attendees.
In addition, your presenters can claim an additional 5 CPD credits in the Research or Teaching CPD category for the first-time preparation and delivery of their presentation if you provide them with confirmation of their input into your event.
Download: Research or Teaching Evidence Template
If your event does not take place in Ireland, you should contact the European Accreditation Council for CPD (EACCME) for information on European accreditation, or the relevant local association or college in the country where your event will take place.
You must keep a record of attendees/participants, and all learner feedback received for a period of 12 months from the date the activity took place.
If you are organising an event or course for doctors in your hospital or workplace, it may fall under the Internal (Practice Evaluation and Development) CPD Category, and if so, it is not necessary to apply for CPD approval.
Typical Internal events include:
Doctors are required to collect evidence of having attended these activities.
This Guide to Verification of Internal Events gives advice on how to provide evidence of attendance.
Key Responsibilities for Registrants, Training Bodies and Employers describes your responsibility as an employer to facilitate your doctors in maintaining their professional competence.
We are available to help Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 GMT.
We are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how prepare your application for CPD approval. Please note, at present, the fastest way to contact us is by logging into our support desk here