2020 CPD verification update

Important information on our CPD program and its annual verification (audit).

ANZCA Council and the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) committee have agreed not to undertake the 2020 verification (audit) of CPD activities process. This decision acknowledges the challenges in accessing evidence to support completion of CPD activities in new areas due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's a requirement of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) accreditation of our CPD program that there is a random audit process for CPD participants. To meet this requirement, each year the college selects a minimum of seven per cent of fellows and participants to have their activity records (CPD portfolio) verified.
In line with the current MBA and MCNZ position, the college has decided to:

  • Not conduct a 2020 verification of CPD activities process, whereby participants will not be selected, notified or have their CPD portfolios verified by the college this year.
  • ​Evidence for 2020 CPD activities will not be requested from selected participants during subsequent college audits in 2021 and 2022.
  • There are no changes to annual or triennial CPD requirements. 
  • CPD participants will still be required to meet their 2020 annual and triennial requirements to obtain either a certificate of participation or compliance.
  • Those found CPD non-compliant for previous verifications or end of trienniums will be supported by the college and selected in the subsequent college verifications. 

We understand that this year brings new challenges and concerns with the uncertainty of the pandemic and what the future may bring. Our focus has, and will continue to be on supporting our members. The decision to forego the 2020 verification aids all CPD participants and maintains alignment with the regulatory bodies (MBA/MCNZ). Whereby the MBA’s decision to ‘take no action if doctors cannot meet the CPD registration standard during the COVID-19 pandemic’ and MCNZ ceasing ‘audits for compliance with recertification programme requirements until 28 February 2021’. Both have encouraged doctors to continue to do CPD that is relevant to their scope of practice, where possible.
We acknowledge the hard work CPD participants are dedicating towards completing their CPD requirements and portfolios. This is evident with over 2263 participants claiming the new COVID-19 airway management emergency response standard in under five months. We encourage you to maintain this high standard. As always, the importance is not on the administrative task of recording CPD activities but on the doing - upskilling and learning in the areas needed to provide the best patient care.
Although there will be no 2020 verification selection, your trienniums will still continue as normal. There are no changes to annual or triennial requirements. Particularly for those in the 2018 – 2020 triennium we recommend you continue updating your CPD portfolio and consider:

We will continue to monitor and respond to the pandemic’s effect on participants meeting their CPD requirements, utilising the CPD and COVID-19 webpage for key updates and information. Support is available 24/7 for those who need it through the ANZCA Doctors’ Support Program.
If you have any further questions please email us or call on +61 (0)3 9510 6299.

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Last updated 14:40 19.01.2021