Policies and Procedures

Physician organizations may apply for accreditation of CPD activities with the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM). CSEM, as the accredited CPD provider, is responsible for reviewing the CPD activity against defined administrative, educational and ethical standards for accredited group learning.
A physician organization is defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members through continuing professional development, provision of health care, and/or research.

Examples of physician organizations: faculties of medicine; hospital departments or divisions; medical societies; medical associations; medical academies; physician research organizations; health authorities not linked to government agencies; Canadian provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities (MRAs).

The physician organization:
  • assumes responsibility for the content of the learning activity.
  • ensures adherence to accreditation guidelines (MOC Section 1 Group Learning Activity Accreditation Standards; MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment Accreditation Standards; and the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities.)
  • is responsible to receive any financial and in-kind support for the development of an accredited CPD activity.
  • has ultimate authority over all decisions and is accountable to ensure that the administrative, educational and ethical accreditation standards for group learning activities are met.
  • is responsible for the payment of honoraria, travel, lodging and meal expenses for faculty presenting at an accredited group learning activity.
  • is responsible for maintaining attendance records for a five-year period.
  • is responsible for providing attendees with certificates of participation.
  • is responsible for submitting an application to an accredited CPD provider.
  • is responsible for implementing the activity based on the plan approved by the accredited CPD provider.

  • The physician organization completes the Proposal Form.
  • The form is reviewed by CSEM's CPD committee.
  • CSEM may provide feedback or suggestions to help the physician organization with program development.
  • The physician organization develops the program and ensures adherence with accreditation standards.
  • The physician organization submits an accreditation application to CSEM for final review with required supporting documentation.
  • CSEM’s CPD committee and subject experts (if needed) review the activity to ensure the program is in compliance with accreditation standards. Changes may be required before accreditation is granted.
  • CSEM will invoice the physician organization for the accreditation review fee ($3,500 plus tax). Fee is non-refundable and accreditation is not guaranteed.

Question Title

* 1. Are you a physician organization? By checking yes, you confirm that you have reviewed the definition of a physician organization and confirm that your organization fully meets this definition.