The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to provide continuing professional development (CPD), and to accredit and co-develop group learning events and self-assessment programs with other physician and non-physician organizations.

As an accredited CPD provider of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the CAPM&R can review and accredit Section 1 and Section 3 (Self-Assessment Program & Simulation) activities and can engage in co-development projects with non-physician organizations. The CAPM&R will be pleased to offer you with assistance in organizing and accrediting your meeting with us.

The CAPM&R, as a Royal College-accredited CPD provider, maintains high standards in continuing professional development. Royal College-accredited CPD providers are organizations that have successfully been assessed against a defined set of accreditation standards. Through our accreditation program, we work with a variety of partners to develop and deliver relevant and timely interactive programs. We evaluate and can accredit programs by both physician and non-physician organizations (in Pathology and/or all medical specialties).

The criteria by which we assess and accredit programs are set out by the Royal College, and have recently been updated in January 2018.

Covid-19 temporary CPD accreditation measures

In recognition of the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Royal College has temporarily streamlined the accreditation process so that COVID-19 related activities can be approved and disseminated quickly. As a result, Section 1 and 3 COVID-19 related activities can be approved with a reduced application package consisting of:

  1. checklist signed by the physician responsible for overseeing the content development for the activity. Download checklist here. (PDF 231 KB)
  2. A summary of the evaluation forms for the activity sent to the CAPM&R after completion of the activity.

All criteria listed in the checklist must be met for the activities to be eligible for accreditation. The request must be made before the activity is scheduled to take place. You will receive an approval confirmation letter.
The allowance will remain in place until the federal government lifts pandemic-related measures, at which time CPD accreditation will return to regular processes.

As approved by the Royal College, the CAPM&R can temporarily grant retroactive accreditation for COVID-19 activities. This retroactive accreditation is only available for COVID-related activities that took place between January 1, 2020 and April 22, 2020 AND meet all the requirements in the self-approval checklist.  

CAPM&R will consider for accreditation these kinds of group learning events and self-assessment programs:

  • Those developed by a physician organization.
  • Those developed by a non-physician organization if co-developed with a physician organization


(Section 1 & Section 3)





Physician organization
(No Educational Grants)

Section 1 Approval





Physician organization with Educational Grants

Section 1 Approval





Physician organization

Section 3 Approval





Non-physician organization

Educational co-development to include representation from both scientific  planning committees at the onset and to completion.

Plus $375 for each recurring event.
If additional funding agreements are required: $1,500 grant administration fee each




A non-refundable deposit must accompany your application package; an invoice will be forwarded upon receipt of your application package. If the application is approved, the deposit will be applied against the full accreditation fee and you will be invoiced for the balance.

Please note that review of an application does guarantee approval.

Note: Additional fees may apply for changes and incomplete packages relating to the application and invoicing process as well as for additional requirements relating to funding/program administration.
13% HST applies to all fees. Fees are subject to change.

*Should the application be incomplete or require recommendations for improvement for accreditation, an interim letter will be issued with provisional approval pending evidence that all partially compliant standards are addressed.  Once the final letter is issued, the application will considered approved.
**Late fees apply to any application received within 6 weeks of the event

Click on the following links to access:

  • Applications for Section 1 or Section 3 Activity Accreditation
  • Accreditation Application Process
  • Definition of terms
  • Standards, Guidelines & FAQs
  • Funding Policy
  • Co-developed Accredited Symposia During the Annual Meeting

CPD activity toolkit

Resources for developing or reviewing an activity

Are you planning to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) activity for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credit? Or are you an accredited CPD provider being asked to review a CPD activity for accreditation?

In order for an activity to be eligible for accreditation, it must be developed by a physician organization and approved by a Royal College accredited CPD provider.

What is a “physician organization”?

The Royal College created the CPD activity toolkit to help accredited CPD providers review activities; and to help developers of educational activities who want to create quality programs.

Each topic in the toolkit includes explanations, practical examples and other resources.

In the toolkit

Frequently asked questions

See also:

Accreditation of CPD activities

International accreditation agreements

Frequently Asked Questions


Definition of terms

Term Royal College definition
Co-development The process by which two or more organizations, at least one of which must be a physician organization, prospectively collaborate to develop and implement an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Educational grant The mechanism by which a sponsor provides support to a CPD organizer for a specific educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Physician organization A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members.
Sponsor A sponsor is an individual, group, corporation or organization who contributes funds, goods or services to support accredited educational activities, learning resources or tools.
Sponsorship Sponsorship is the process by which individuals, groups, corporations or organizations provide support (financial or in-kind contributions) to a CPD organizer to support an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Tagging The linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.
Transparency To provide transparency means to clearly disclose, divulge or make known. (The opposite of transparency is ambiguity.)