Accrediting a Continuing Professional Development Event

rcpscThe Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Sections 1 and 3 approved credits for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). We discuss here the procedures to have your physician- or industry-led CPD event approved.


Guidelines, Processes, Forms and Fees for Accredited Activities

Guidelines and processes for accredited events are outlined in the following documents:


Process for Seeking Accreditation for a CPD Event

Before beginning the development of the content, submit a Section 1 Accreditation Letter of Intent to the CSEM to ensure that the topics and educational needs align with the CSEM’s CPD Committee’s aims and goals.

If the CSEM agrees to proceed with the accreditation process, the development of your content may begin. For non-physician organizations, the CSEM will appoint a representative to sit on your planning committee to ensure that the guidelines for co-development and accreditation standards are met.

Applications for accreditation should be submitted at least 8 weeks before the date that the first advertisement for the event will be printed. An additional $1000 fee will be charged for applications requiring an expedited review in less than 8 weeks.

You can download the following forms (fillable PDFs) and fee structure to assist you with developing and applying for Section 1 accreditation:


CSEM CPD Support Office

All requests for accreditation are managed through the CPD Support Office of the CSEM. For review and approval of your planned CPD activity, please contact:

Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
222 Queen Street, Suite 1403
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V9 Canada
Phone: 613-594-0005
Fax: 613-569-6574
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.endo-metab.ca


Royal College Accreditation Tool Kit

The Royal College has created a CPD Activity Tookit as a resource to assist accredited CPD providers and developers of educational activities seeking to create quality group learning. This toolkit includes guidance on developing needs assessments, learning objectives, educational delivery methods, and evaluations, as well as advice about relationships with speakers and/or financial sponsors.


Working with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Group CPD events approved under Section 1 must meet the Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

In the province of Québec, the Code of Ethics for Parties Involved in Continuing Medical Education of the Conseil québécois de développement professionnel continu des médecins (CQDPCM) must be met; and the CPD event or program evaluation form must include the following question: “Did the activity comply with the Code of Ethics for parties involved in continuing medical education?”


CSEM Copyright Policy

Please note that if you would like to distribute a specific reference (i.e. journal article, therapeutic guidelines, publication) that requires copyright permission, please obtain copyright permission yourself. In addition, it is the speakers’ responsibility to ensure that copyright is not infringed when producing their slides or other materials.


If Your CPD Event is Approved

If your event receives Section 1 approval, the following phrase must be noted on program materials:

This event 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 Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.