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The Role of the COA in the Accreditation of CPD Activities PDF Print E-mail

Doug Thomson
CEO, The Canadian Orthopaedic Association &
The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

As an accredited provider, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) can approve or co-sponsor specific CPD activities for Section 1 credit in the Maintenance of Certification (MoC) programme of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The COA is able to accredit orthopaedic programmes developed by corporations and not-for-profit organizations, thereby providing more accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for its members.

To apply for approval of a CPD programme, contact the COA Office and ask for an application form or access the required form and related information via the COA web site: www.coa-aco.org.

The application should include:

  • names of the members of the Planning Committee, identifying the Chair of the Committee and the COA representative on the Committee if a co-sponsored event;
  • what information you have regarding the learning needs of your audience. Please identify the sources of this information;
  • learning objectives for participants;
  • overview of the programme content, format and potential faculty;
  • indicate the opportunities for participant interaction;
  • budget for the programme, including breakdown for faculty honoraria and expenses, catering, audio visual and facility costs;
  • process for programme evaluation;
  • application fee.

You can contact the COA Office of Continuing Professional Development at: 514-874-9003 x 5 or via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You should allow two months prior to your event for accreditation approval.

Don't forget that you must submit hours of CPD for one year's activity by January 31st of the following year. This can be done through the RCPSC web site or by completing the form supplied by the RCPSC. Members may update their credit record through the RCPSC web site anytime throughout the year. Please note that the COA Office CANNOT submit CPD hours on your behalf.

Each year, the College will check a random sample of 3% of its members to validate their records documenting MoC. It is important to maintain accurate records of attendance and participation in CPD activities - even after your credits have been submitted.

The goal of the MoC programme is to foster learning that you identify as meaningful to you as a physician. Let the COA Office know if we can further assist you in this quest.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2007 11:58