GUIDELINES FOR ACCREDITATION OF GROUP LEARNING ACTIVITIES UNDER SECTION 1 and 3 OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CANADA’S MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. As an accredited provider, the CAPM&R meets the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s (RCPSC) strict standards for the provision of Continuing Medical Education. The CAPM&R can:

  1. Approve programs developed by physician organizations. See Guidelines for
  2. Co-sponsor programs with physician organizations. See Guidelines for Accreditation - Co-development with Physician Organziations
  3. Co-sponsor programs with non-physician organizations. See Guidelines for Accreditation - Co-development with Non-Physician Organziations

Fees for Program Application Submissions

Provider Section 1 Section 3 Co-development
Physician Organization     $1,000.00
Member on planning cttee $600.00 $500.00  
Non-member on planning cttee $1,000.00 $800.00  
Non-Physician Organization     $3,000.00
Member on planning cttee $600.00 $1,000.00  
Non-member on planning cttee $1,000.00 $1,600.00  

Note:  GST/HST will be added to all applications.

Procedures Step 1: Complete the application form.
Section 1 Application Form

Section 3 Accredited Simulation Activities Application Form
Section 3 Self-Assessment Program Application Form
MOC Accreditation Application Manual

Complete and submit the application form along with the required documentation and application fee at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event.*

*Please note that accredited CPD providers are expected to develop their own policies and procedures for the review and approval of activities under the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal College and to ensure that they meet the minimal requirements established by the CMA Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry, The Code of Ethics for parties involved in Continuing Medical Education of the Conseil québécois de développement professionnel continu des médecins and the Royal College (where appropriate). Therefore policies and procedures may vary between accredited CPD providers.

Step 2: Receiving final results
The accredited CPD provider will:

  • grant approval based on a successful application;
  • grant conditional approval requiring minor modifications to the activity;
  • require an additional full review requiring major modifications to the activity; or
  • reject the application.

Step 3: Indicate Section 1 approval of your activity
The accreditation statements should be placed on all promotional materials for the activity once accreditation approval has been received from an accredited CPD provider. These materials include conference programs, certificates of attendance, website advertisements, flyers etc. Please note that statements indicating that an activity is “pending approval” are strictly prohibited.

If the activity receives Section 1 approval, the following statement must appear on all conference materials (including the program and the certification of participation):

"This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation."

Step 4: Notice of Review
The accredited CPD provider will notify the Royal College of the approval of the activity for MOC Section 1 or 3 credits. The approved activity will appear on the Royal College website, listed under the appropriate specialty.

CPD activity toolkit

Resources for developing or reviewing an activity

Are you planning to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) activity for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credit? Or are you an accredited CPD provider being asked to review a CPD activity for accreditation?

In order for an activity to be eligible for accreditation, it must be developed by a physician organization and approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider.

What is a “physician organization”?

The Royal College created the CPD activity toolkit to help accredited CPD providers review activities; and to help developers of educational activities who want to create quality programs.

Each topic in the toolkit includes explanations, practical examples and other resources.

In the toolkit

Frequently asked questions

See also:

Accreditation of CPD activities

International accreditation agreements

Frequently Asked Questions


Definition of terms

TermRoyal 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 A sponsor is an individual, group, corporation or organization who contributes funds, goods or services to support accredited educational activities, learning resources or tools.
Sponsorship Sponsorship is the process by which individuals, groups, corporations or organizations provide support (financial or in-kind contributions) to a CPD organizer to support an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
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.)