2023 ANZCA and FPM CPD Program

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) have changed their registration and recertification requirements. So that you meet the updated requirements, the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is adapting from the start of 2023 as follows:

  • Annual cycle (instead of a triennium).
  • Annual plan and evaluation (previously three-yearly).
  • Change from CPD credits to 50 hours of CPD per year (see details below). 

What is remaining the same?

  • The college program is open to all current participants and to others who practice anaesthesia and pain medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The categories of 'practice evaluation', 'knowledge and skills' and 'emergency response', with amended requirements to facilitate the annual program.
  • Electronic recording of activities with evidence uploaded to the online CPD portfolio by participants, along with automatic recording of college activities like the Annual Scientific Meeting and FPM Symposium.
  • The CPD program will run on a calendar cycle.
  • CPD portfolio dashboard, showing your progress against requirements.
  • Online generation of compliance certificates.
  • Links from the CPD portfolio to the ANZCA Library, training portfolio system and CPD handbook.
  • Amended requirements for those who don’t have direct patient contact.
  • Individualised support for you from the CPD team.

What does this mean for you?

The ANZCA  and FPM CPD Committee and CPD review project group have updated the CPD program to ensure participants meet regulatory requirements. We have developed a staged transition process to minimise disruption and streamline your move to the annual program.

You have been sent an email with more information about your individual transition. If you have not received this, please contact the CPD team.

Transition to the 2023 CPD program

The 2020-2022 cohort will commence the annual program in 2023 and the other two cohorts (2021-2023, 2022-2024) will commence in 2024.


Although the MCNZ changes are from 1 July 2022, the college have contacted the MCNZ and provided a progress report on our 2023 CPD program in support of New Zealand participants.

2023 CPD program requirements

The MBA and MCNZ now require you to do a minimum of 50 hours of CPD per year, including:

  • At least 25 hours of practice evaluation (with a minimum of five hours of reviewing performance and five hours of measuring outcomes).
  • At least 12.5 hours of knowledge and skills.
  • A further 12.5 hours which can be claimed across the CPD program.

Annual college requirements for all CPD participants are:

  • One emergency response activity per year (with hours claimed under measuring outcomes).
  • One of the four mandatory practice evaluation activities (either a patient survey, multi-source feedback (MsF), peer review or clinical audit).
  • Satisfying the regulatory requirement for cultural safety (for example one cultural safety activity).

Hours taken to complete the annual college requirements contribute to the 50 hours of CPD required per year.


Please note that these requirements are for the clinical practice type. Requirements for participants in non-clinical practice are in development.   

Next steps

Work will continue in 2022 to update the CPD standard and handbook, with minor improvements to the online CPD portfolio. Please be assured the look and feel of the portfolio will remain familiar. Please continue to keep your CPD portfolio up to date to prepare you for the transition to the 2023 CPD program.

We will continue to communicate with you over the coming months, sharing updates, case studies and information sheets. We want you to feel supported to meet the updated requirements and have developed the below FAQs.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do now to get ready for the 2023 CPD program?`

Nothing is required of you at this time, as the transition will be automatic and seamless. Please continue recording activities in your CPD portfolio, especially as the end of year approaches.

How will my transition to the 2023 ANZCA and FPM CPD Program occur?

Seamlessly and automatically. We will do all the work. From the start of 2023, the online CPD portfolio will reflect the updated requirements for the 2020-2022 triennium with the dashboard showing minimum annual requirements.

For those in the 2021-2023 and the 2022-2024 cohorts, transition to the annual program will occur seamlessly and automatically at the start of 2024. Participants in 2022-2024 will have reduced requirements applied to their CPD portfolio given the update submission date.

Is 2023 a transition year for New Zealand fellows?

Yes, the transition process supports all CPD participants in Australia and New Zealand. Recognising the discrepancy in the effective date of the MCNZ and MBA updated CPD requirements, the MCNZ has accepted a report illustrating the college’s progress towards meeting their updated requirements for the remainder of 2022.

Will I be audited during the 2023 transition year?

No. We will not undertake a vertfication of CPD activities (audit) in 2023. This allows CPD participants and the CPD team to focus on transition to the revised regulatory requirements.

Do the college annual requirements count towards the 50 hours annually?

Yes. The hours you spend completing the Emergency response, Practice evaluation and Cultural safety activities will count towards the 50 hours of CPD required annually.

Will the college continue to set the CPD standard for anaesthetsists and pain medicine specialists?

Yes, anaesthetists and specialist pain medicine physicians in Australia and New Zealand will need to meet the college’s CPD standard and high-level requirements regardless of where you do your CPD.

This builds from the Australian Medical Council (AMC)’s CPD registration standard, which states that “all Australian CPD participants must meet the requirements of a CPD program of an accredited “CPD home”.

Do FPM fellows have to follow the 2023 CPD program?

Yes, the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program caters for fellows of both ANZCA and FPM. Non-FANZCA FPM fellows may choose to do the CPD program of their primary college. However, all FPM fellows must ensure their CPD activities meet the requirements of the ANZCA and FPM CPD standard. Strong representation of FPM fellows on the CPD review project group and CPD Committee has ensured FPM perspectives are included in the 2023 CPD program.

Do New Zealand fellows have specific requirements?

Yes, New Zealand fellows will need to ensure they claim: 

  • One annual structured conversation.
  • One annual clinical audit.  

The CPD program caters for these activities and supports New Zealand participants in meeting the 2023 CPD program requirements. The CPD team are currently working through how best to reflect these requirements in your CPD portfolio dashboard, and will provide updates to New Zealand participants in the coming months.

How do I provide evidence of hours completed?

The CPD review project group will review current guidelines and use data from participants’ entries in the CPD portfolio to develop suggestions for the hours each activity could take.

Does every anaesthetist and specialist pain medicine physician need to do cultural safety activities?

Yes. All colleges and CPD homes are required by the MCNZ and AMC to introduce cultural safety into their CPD programs. While work to embed cultural safety into the CPD program continues across the 2023 transition year, meeting the regulatory requirement for cultural safety is an annual requirement for the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program. For details regarding how this work is progressing, please see the July 2022 project update.

Will the college provide support for cultural safety activities?

Yes. The following resources will assist in meeting the cultural safety requirement:

How did the college develop the 2023 CPD program?

We established the CPD review project group to evaluate the 2014 CPD program and provide recommendations to meet the revised regulatory requirements. Evaluation of the CPD program included:

  • Analysis of participant responses to the CPD survey.
  • Review of CPD portfolio entries data.
  • Literature search facilitated by the ANZCA Library.

Evaluation findings informed the CPD review – Determine the new CPD framework report, which was circulated for consultation with two initial recommendations. In response to consultation feedback, a third recommendation was developed and approved.

This member-centric and evidence-based approach provided an opportunity for quality improvement with members’ CPD experience at its core. For more information, please visit the CPD review project group webpage.

Can’t find the answer to your query here?

We’re doing our best to keep you updated and appreciate your interest in tailored information. If you can’t find your answer here, please email the CPD team. We’ll aim to respond to your email promptly and update the FAQs as the CPD review project evolves.

Last updated 11:49 1.08.2022