Accreditation of CPD homes
In July 2021, Australia’s Health Ministers approved an updated Medical Board of Australia Registration standard: Continuing professional development (CPD) which outlines the Medical Board’s minimum requirements for CPD for medical practitioners.
The new registration standard will take effect from 1 January 2023, and will apply to all registered medical practitioners, with a few exceptions.
The three core changes to CPD are:
1. CPD homes for all – for quality assurance
2. Professional development plans for all – for CPD with purpose
3. Different types of CPD – for CPD with value
The new registration standard is part of the Medical Board’s work to strengthen continuing professional development, which supports doctors through life-long learning. Further information is available on the Medical Board website: here
The Medical Board has advised that the AMC will be the accreditation authority for CPD homes. Accredited CPD homes will provide a CPD program(s), support and guidance to practitioners, and audit and report compliance to the Medical Board.
The AMC will progressively accredit organisations to be CPD homes from late 2022 and throughout 2023 and beyond. The AMC will also transition interested AMC-accredited specialist medical colleges to become CPD homes from 1 January 2023.
The AMC and the Medical Board are working towards the following timeline for the accreditation of CPD homes:
For more information regarding accreditation of CPD homes, see the Frequently asked questions.
Criteria for AMC Accreditation of CPD Homes
The AMC conducted a six-week public consultation on the proposed Criteria for AMC Accreditation of CPD Homes from April to June 2022 with webinars held in May 2022 for organisations interested in becoming a CPD home.
The AMC received over 40 responses to the consultation and is very appreciative of the feedback received which was used to expand the notes of some criteria, and resulted in minor amendments to the criteria.
The accreditation criteria have now been approved by the AMC and the Medical Board of Australia. They are available here.
Note that standard 9 of the of the Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Continuing Development Programs by the Australian Medical Council will be removed following the transition of AMC-accredited specialist medical colleges to being CPD homes. The Medical Council of New Zealand standard for recertification will remain for accredited specialist medical colleges with bi-national training programs.
Procedures for AMC Accreditation of CPD Homes
The accreditation procedures are being finalised and will be published on this website in late September 2022.
A summary of the process for accreditation as a CPD home is available here.
Applications for accreditation as a CPD home – now open
As part of the consultation process on the accreditation criteria, organisations interested in becoming a CPD home were asked to complete an Expression of Interest form and return to the AMC by 1 June 2022.
Over 20 organisations submitted an expression of interest to become a CPD home.
Organisations that submitted an expression of interest in June have now been emailed information and a submission template to apply for accreditation as a CPD home.
Any other organisation interested in applying for accreditation as a CPD home should contact the AMC directly for further details. Please email email@example.com
Applications for accreditation as a CPD home for 2023 close on 3 October 2022. Due to tight timelines, unfortunately, no late applications will be able to be accepted. There will be further opportunities for interested organisations to submit applications during 2023.
Specialist medical colleges that provide AMC-accredited CPD programs do not need to submit an application. The AMC will transition these colleges to become a CPD home by 1 January 2023. The list of colleges is available here.
Links to other relevant resources
• Registration standard: Continuing professional development (CPD)
• Medical Board of Australia, Guidance, Continuing professional development: High-level requirements for CPD programs
• Medical Board of Australia, List of specialties, fields of specialty practice and related specialist titles
• Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia
• The National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy (includes the National Scheme’s definition of cultural safety)
• National Medical Workforce Strategy 2021–2031
For enquiries regarding accreditation of CPD homes, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries regarding the Registration standard: Continuing professional development, please email the Medical Board of Australia: email@example.com