The QCHP-AD has determined that the following types of organizations are eligible to apply to become a QCHP-AD accredited CPD provider:
- Governmental or non-governmental academic institutions
- Governmental or non-governmental healthcare facilities
- Other healthcare professional organization
Any organizations who are for-profit commercial interests are not eligible to apply to become a QCHP-AD accredited CPD provider. Private centres that open only to provide CPD are not eligible for accreditation.
Currently, there is no fee to become a QCHP-AD accredited CPD provider.
Organizations interested in becoming a QCHP-AD accredited CPD provider, should contact the QCHP-AD to express their interest and begin the process to determine their eligibility to apply.
Organizations accredited under the QCHP-AD provisional standards will be asked to re-apply before their current accreditation cycle ends. QCHP-AD will contact these organizations at
least 6 months prior to the end of their accreditation cycle to begin the re-application
process under the new Accreditation Standards for CPD Provider Organizations.
Organizations that choose not to voluntarily become QCHP-AD accredited CPD providers
may submit learning activities they developed for review and approval by the QCHP
Accreditation Department as long as the organizations are:
- Governmental or non-governmental health professional academic institutions (or
- those involved in the education of health professionals).
- Governmental or non-governmental healthcare facilities.
- Other health professional organizations as defined by the QCHP-AD.
Currently, there is no fee to have a CPD activity reviewed for QCHP-AD accreditation.
The new CPD activity standards have gone through several iterations, taking into account
the detailed feedback of all stakeholders involved in their development. The activity
standards are currently undergoing a final review and it is anticipated that the activity
standards will be widely available in early 2016.
No, CPD activity accreditation cannot be granted retroactively.
The QCHP-AD CPD activity accreditation standards dictate that the organization that
developed the CPD activity is responsible for determining the actual number of hours that
each learner is eligible to record for credit. Examples of how this can be achieved are:
having a sign-in/sign-out form for each session, taking attendance during each session or
using attendance tracking technology that scans the name badges of participants upon
entry and exit from session rooms.
If the CPD activity is being delivered online, an electronic sign in/sign out system can
provide a timestamp for each participant. It is the responsibility of the CPD provider to
indicate on the certificate of participation how many hours the healthcare practitioner is
eligible to claim in their CPD ePortfolio for each CPD activity. The healthcare practitioner will be required to upload the certificate of attendance as supporting documentation for each CPD activity in order to claim credit.
Any live, face-to-face activity that is delivered outside of Qatar and has been reviewed and approved as ‘accredited’ by an international CPD accreditation system will be accepted as equivalent for credits within the QCHP-AD CPD Program.
Any online or web-based CPD activity that has been reviewed and approved as ‘accredited’ by an international CPD accreditation system will be accepted as equivalent for credits within the QCHP-AD CPD Program. If the activity has not been approved as ‘accredited’ by an international CPD accreditation system, please contact the QCHP-AD for more information on how to have this program accredited.
Activities arranged by commercial interest organizations or their representatives are not eligible for accreditation.
However, activities planned by a CPD provider for training in the use of company products or technological devices may be approved for accreditation if they fulfilled ALL of the following criteria:
- The activity is not for marketing purpose and does not include promotional materials for any product of the commercial interest organization. The aim of the activity should be to provide training in the use of an already existing product e.g. device, vaccine ...etc.
- The activity should be organized by a QCHP-AD accredited CPD provider.
- Representatives of commercial interest organizations should not act as educators/speakers/facilitators during educational sessions of the activity unless they are providing an essential demonstration for a specific product or device and when no healthcare practitioner is qualified to provide such demonstration.
- The participation of representatives of the commercial interest organization should be approved and rationalized by the Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) of the activity.
- The activity should follow all other QCHP-AD administrative, educational and ethical standards for CPD activity accreditation.