Course and CPD Accreditation

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CME approval and activities

All Fellows of the College are required to participate in ongoing continuing professional development (CPD). Continuing medical education (CME) activities require approval in the College's CPD Program in order for Fellows to claim points as part of their annual CPD return. The Professional Development and Standards Board has developed standards for educational activities that need to be demonstrated as part of the CME approval process.

The Guide to CME Activities Manual assists providers with planning of educational activities and explains the criteria required for approval of CME activities in the College CPD Programme. Approved activities for Fellows are published in an annual list of approved CME activities for each region:


To gain approval, providers of CME activities are required to complete either the CME Approval Application Form for conferences, events and workshops (1pph) (PDF 647 KB), or the CME Approval Application Form for interactive or hands-on skill learning (3pph) (PDF 176 KB) in order for CME activities to be assessed for inclusion in this list. Approved CME activities that are run on an annual basis are not automatically approved for the following year, a new application will be required each year.

For further information regarding the CME approval process please contact the Department of Professional Standards at cme.approval@surgeons.org.

Course accreditation

The College accredits and promotes activities which are of educational merit for SET trainees or pre-vocational doctors.  The course accreditation process reviews the curriculum and validity of educational activities to establish that College quality assurance requirements are met. Trainees can be confident that accredited courses are of educational merit; providers of accredited courses may use the RACS accreditation logo to promote accredited courses. 

More information about the course accreditation process for course developers.

List of accredited courses

Recognition of approved providers and educational activities

Recognition by the College of approved online providers and educational activities demonstrates that a course or educational activity provides training in one or more of the RACS competencies and has educational merit for Fellows, trainees and/or medical graduates aspiring to be selected for training.