The RCPA CPDP is designed to meet the registration requirements of the Medical and Dental Councils of New Zealand, and the MCNZ proposed strengthening of recertification requirements. Please see the following links for details:
Medical Council of New Zealand: Recertification for doctors with a general and vocational scope
Strengthening recertification for vocationally registered doctors in New Zealand
Dental Council, New Zealand, Continuing Professional Development
MCNZ may audit the CPD records of specialists, however if you are maintaining your documentation in accordance with RCPA requirements, no additional detail should be required by them. If you have been audited by the RCPA, you are not required to submit to MCNZ any documentation for categories in which you have already been audited, other than a statement from the College of successful audit. If you have been satisfactorily audited by the MCNZ, then the RCPA will not require you to undergo any additional audit for that year.
New Zealand medical practitioners must have access to a process for undertaking multisource feedback. This may be provided an employer or a third party. A suitable program approved by the RCPA is the Colleague Feedback Evaluation Tool (CFET) offered by CFEP Surveys. For more information and access to the tool, please visit https://www.cfepsurveys.com.au/colleague-survey. This may be included in Category C, code 41 of the RCPA CPDP.
New Zealand medical practitioners must have access to processes for doctors to participate in collegial practice visits (sometimes referred to as Regular Practice Review). For pathologists, this opportunity is available through the IANZ accreditation process. This may be included in Category C, code 44 of the RCPA CPDP.
New Zealand medical practitioners must have an annual conversation with a peer, colleague or employer, to review their goals, achievements, continuing professional development needs, and opportunities. For guidance to ensure the greatest benefit from this process, please see more detailed information on Structured Annual Conversations, including a suggested template to record the conversation. This may be included in Category C, code 42 or 43 of the RCPA CPDP.
The RCPA will randomly audit 5% of all New Zealand Fellows’ submissions each year, requiring documentation as determined by the substantiation requirements set out in the RCPA CPDP Information Manual. If the outcome of the audit is unsatisfactory, the Fellow will be audited in subsequent years to ensure compliance.
The RCPA is required to report non-compliance to the Medical Council of New Zealand unless the member is exempt. This may impact on registration status. Please contact the RCPA if you require advice or assistance in meeting the standards.
The MCNZ will exempt all vocationally-registered doctors from recertification programme requirements until 28 February 2021. Council staff will not be auditing doctors for compliance with recertification programmes over the coming 11 months, but Council will expect doctors to be enrolled and actively participating in their required programmes from 1 March 2021.
As we move closer to 28 February 2021, Council staff will work with the Colleges on a strategy to resume recertification programmes and associated audit activity.
See details of the MCNZ response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Dental Council of New Zealand Council has decided to suspend the current recertification programme that ends on 31 December 2020. This means practitioners are not required to complete CPD and contact peer activities for the time being.
See details of the DCNZ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.