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CPD for 2017

From January 2017 the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is changing. The annual completion of the program will become a requirement for Fellowship commencing in January 2017.

Why is the CPD program changing?

The College has reviewed its CPD Program and its associated framework. A number of changes have been approved which we believe will be of great benefit to members’ practice. Through this review, the College’s Board determined that any changes to the CPD program should reflect a program that would enable members to satisfy any regulatory requirements without adding any extra burden. In short, these changes see the CPD program emphasise both self-directed education and practice improvement activities as essential elements of modern CPD. We believe these changes will assist members with the requirements associated with future revalidation. In particular, the inclusion of a Practice Development, Quality Improvement and Review activity is a positive addition, which will be of great benefit to members’ practice and is a process that many members already currently undertake.

The redeveloped program will provide participants with a simple and manageable opportunity to ensure their CPD requirements are met by following the guidelines and recommendations provided. Although completion of each of these components is a requirement for Fellowship commencing in January 2017, the program allows for substantial flexibility for members to achieve them in a variety of ways, which best suit their scope of practice.

What is changing?

Completion of the 2017 CPD program components will become a requirement for Fellowship commencing in January 2017.

The new program requirements include a minimum of 50 hours annually, including:

  • a Professional Development Plan (PDP) (standard 5 hours)
  • at least 10 hours of peer reviewed activities
  • at least 5 hours of practice development, quality improvement and review
  • at least 25 hours of self-guided learning
  • an audit of medical practice for New Zealand participants.

The new program records activities in hours, not a mixture of hours and credits. Participants must complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD annually across the aforementioned categories. The triennium option is no longer available.

Those wishing to defer their CPD for a particular year must do so in writing to Any deferral for more than a year in duration must be assessed and approved by the Committee for Continuing Medical Education (CCME) on an individual basis.

Important dates

  • CPD claims submission period:  December 2017 – 31 March 2018
  • Peer review update and review submission period: 1 March 2018 – 30 April 2018
  • Members selected for audit notification period: 1 May – 31 May 2018
  • Certificates available online (non-audited):  July 2018
  • Peer review report published: 30 June 2018
  • End of audit submission period: 31 July 2018
  • Audit results: November 2018

More information on the structure of the 2017 CPD program, the categories for each section and the appropriate activities that can be claimed is available:

  • 2017 CPD Guide [PDF; 708KB]
    The College strongly recommends that you familiarise yourself with the contents of the CPD Guide for 2017, as this will assist to outline the requirements of each category and section in detail as well as provide an overview of appropriate activities for each.
  • 2017 CPD policies
    The 2017 CPD Policies provide an outline for the overarching CPD Program, claims (including late claims), requirements for audit and Peer Review activities.

          Non-compliance to CPD Claims and Audits [PDF; 461 KB]




Multi-source feedback

Protocol [PDF; 91 KB]

Invitation letter [Word; 13KB]

Evaluation Summary [Word; 53KB]

Patient Questionnaire [Word; 82 KB]

Peer Questionnaire [Word; 55KB]

Self-reflection Questionnaire                [ Word; 55KB]

Patient Record Audit

Protocol [PDF; 89 KB]

Template [Word; 55 KB]

Clinical Audit

Protocol [PDF; 132 KB]

Template [Word; 54 KB]

Assessment Letter

Protocol [PDF; 103KB]

Template [Word; 81KB]


Will it be harder to complete the new components of the program?

The new program has been simplified to ensure that it is easier for participants to meet the requirements. There have been no changes made to the number of minimum annual hours required. Some categories and sections have been consolidated and had additional activities added (e.g. 4.7 College Activities). The only new inclusion is 5 hours of Practice Development, Quality Improvement and Review. As this activity is a new component, the CCME is developing a range of templates and suggested activities to ensure participants will be able to meet the requirements. 

When do these changes apply?

The changes outlined above will take effect from 1 January 2017.

Wasn’t the College’s CPD program already mandatory?

CPD for all registered medical practitioners has always been a mandatory requirement for regulatory purposes. The College previously allowed Fellows to undertake any CPD program as long as it was comparable and was able to meet the required aspects of the program should the participant be selected for audit.

To enable a user-friendly and transparent CPD program a decision was made to make the completion of the College program a mandatory aspect of Fellowship from January 2017.

What if I have more questions?

Any queries about the revised CPD program are welcome by the CPD team on