CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

New Zealand Requirements

To comply with Medical Council New Zealand requirements to maintain an annual practising certificate (APC) all surgeons must participate in appropriate continuing professional development. 

For full details, see Recertification and continuing professional development booklet

For members who are FRACS:

Each NZAGS Member is expected to maintain and update their annual CPD return on the RACS website through Mypage>MY CPD Program>CPD Diary. From 2014 RACS has mandated online submission.

The RACS Continuing Professional Development Program was changed from January 2013 onwards. A summary of the changes and the rationale are outlined in the RACS Changes Presentation and in the  letter from the Chair, Professional Standards. 

For those members who are not FRACS:

RACS runs a Maintenance of Professional Standards Program (MOPS) to assist non-fellows with their CPD compliance. 

For General Surgery Trainees

To confirm you are enrolled as a registrar and actively participating in an accredited vocational training programme your supervisor of training must complete the CPD7 form. Once you are conferred as a Fellow you will need to comply with the annual CPD requirements.

If you are going overseas for a Fellowship you will need to submit a wriiten letter of exemption to the Department of Professional Standards at RACS

What CME activities qualify for CPD points?

For a list of all approved CME activities for 2015

Planning a CME activity?  The RACS website has a comprehensive guide and application forms to assist with the accreditation process.