Accreditation Council for CME and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Announce Collaboration to Expand Educational Opportunities for Physicians

Royal College Fellows Can Now Use Participation in Accredited Continuing Medical Education to Earn Section 3 Credits

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are pleased to announce a new collaboration to expand opportunities for Royal College Fellows to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Section 3 credits by participating in accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities that meet MOC requirements.

The ACCME and the Royal College share a commitment to advancing professional practice and healthcare. With this collaboration, the ACCME and Royal College aim to leverage the power of accredited education to help physicians deliver safe, effective, and compassionate care to their patients.

The collaboration is designed to increase the number and diversity of activities that meet the requirements for Royal College MOC Program Section 3 (Self-Assessment Programs). Previously, the Royal College recognized accredited CME activities in the ACCME System as meeting the requirements for MOC Section 1 (Accredited Group Learning Activities). This new recognition will further expand choice and flexibility for Royal College Fellows.

How It Works

Accredited CME providers in the ACCME System will have new opportunities to meet the needs of learners who are Royal College Fellows, without having to collect or submit any additional data. Royal College Fellows can report participation in activities registered for CME in Support of MOC that include the expectation that the learner engages in the evaluation and receives feedback. Activities that are available on or after November 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022 are eligible. Royal College Fellows will report their participation directly to the Royal College. CME providers will not need to report participant information.

Long-Standing Relationship

The new collaboration builds on the long-standing relationship between the ACCME and the Royal College. The two accreditation systems recognize each other as substantially equivalent. By sharing core values, while respecting differences, the ACCME and the Royal College have worked together to promote high-quality education that responds to the changing needs of physicians and the healthcare environment. The ACCME and the Royal College cofounded the International Academy for CPD Accreditation, a network of colleagues dedicated to enhancing continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation systems throughout the world.

Leadership Comments

“With this partnership, we are bringing Royal College Fellows more choice and flexibility for claiming valuable MOC Program Section 3 credits. We highly value our relationship with the ACCME and our collaborations over the years to deliver high-quality education to our Fellows and MOC Participants. This latest partnership will bring us closer to our mutual goals to advance professional practice and enhance patient care.”—Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

“By working together, the ACCME and the Royal College enable our community of educators to offer Royal College Fellows more flexibility in choosing effective, relevant education that meets their needs and supports their dedication to delivering the highest quality care. We celebrate our long-standing relationship with the Royal College because it builds collaboration across borders and helps us to achieve our shared goal to support physicians in delivering optimal healthcare for all.”—Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. We accredit the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices and administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, we also play a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, responsible for accrediting organizations that offer continuing medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs. The ACCME is a cofounder of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. 

The ACCME sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients. 

Accredited CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare teams where they live, learn, and work. There are approximately 1,700 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System, across the country and internationally, representing a range of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies, and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers offer about 180,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 36 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

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