Qatar’s Continuing Professional Development Accreditation System Receives Int’l Recognition

Doha, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) has recognized Qatar’s continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation system as substantially equivalent to the college’s CME accreditation program, Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) announced, noting that the accreditation is effective through 2020.

The recognition was the culmination of an outstanding collaboration, which QCHP and RCPSC had and contributed to the development of the national CPD accreditation system, and followed a meticulous review of the system and its implementation by the RCPSC.

In addition to the substantial equivalency, QCHP’s accreditation department and RCPSC signed two other important agreements; the first is a recognition of credit agreement by which any CPD credits granted by QCHP’s accreditation department will be recognized as equivalent to Royal College Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit and vice versa. According to the second agreement, RCPSC will recognize fulfillment of QCHP’s accreditation department CPD cycle requirements as equivalent and substitutive for participation in the RSPSC’s MOC program. Both agreements will help fellows of RCPSC to maintain their licensure in both countries by only participation in the Qatar National CME/CPD program.

Currently, there are 12 QCHP CPD accredited providers in Qatar including healthcare facilities and academic institutions. In 2016, a total of 712 CME/CPD activities were accredited either by QCHP CPD accredited providers (618) or directly by QCHP’s accreditation department (94). The accreditation department recognizes the healthcare practitioners’ participation in accredited group-learning activities conducted outside Qatar as long as the activity is accredited by an international accreditation body that is recognized by QCHP’s accreditation department.

In addition, the National CME/CPD program and framework provide to healthcare practitioners the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that might include accredited and non-accredited activities, self-learning and group-learning activities, online and face-to-face activities, and inside and outside Qatar. Since the implementation of the National CPD accreditation system in March 2016, a total of 27,285 healthcare practitioners activated their CPD e-portfolio account with 325,478 activities completed and submitted.

Source: Qatar News Agency