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COVID-19 Pandemic

There have been some impacts on CPD for 2020 due to COVID-19 which have been outlined as follows from both the Australian and New Zealand regulatory bodies.

Medical Board of Australia – April 2020

The Board has confirmed it would not take action if you cannot meet the CPD registration standard when you renew your registration this year (2020).

These relaxed requirements apply to the CPD doctors are expected to undertake in 2020, and to their declaration in the year that covers 2020 CPD.

If you have general registration, this will be the declaration you make when you renew your registration in 2020. If you have specialist registration, it may be related to the declaration you make in subsequent years, about the 2020 CPD year.

We are clarifying this because the CPD cycles for specialist colleges vary.

For more information click HERE.

Medical Council of New Zealand – March 2020

Waiving recertification requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Throughout the course of the current COVID-19 pandemic, doctors are likely to have difficulties accessing the usual channels and methods to undertake learning and development activities to meet recertification requirements. 

We recognise that there will be significantly reduced opportunities for continued medical education (CME) through forums, conferences, face-to-face training and/or study, or other such events that require people to congregate. Other activities, for example peer review and multi-source feedback, are also likely to be difficult and of less importance while urgent clinical work is clearly a priority.

We acknowledge that recertification programme providers also face the same restrictions as other businesses and organisations during this period and will likely be unable to carry out the usual functions, which includes carrying out audits on doctors’ compliance with recertification requirements.

Council has therefore agreed, to waive recertification requirements for the next 11 months.

For more information click HERE.


As many of our members may be required to work longer hours and perform duties not usually within their current job description it is understood that the administrative requirement of recording your 2019 CPD in MyRACMA may create a burden at this time. In light of this the College has extended the cut-off date for recording your 2019 CPD activities in MyRACMA until 31 July 2020.

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) have recognised the difficulties practitioners are experiencing. Both regulators have provided an update on CPD requirements as follows:-

The Medical Board of Australia made the following announcement on 30 March 2020:

“The Medical Board of Australia will not take action if you cannot meet the CPD registration standard when you renew your medical registration this year.

………..The Board will keep a close watch on the situation to determine whether the 2021 renewal year is affected.”

You may access this update directly here.

The Medical Council of New Zealand made the following announcement on 26 March 2020:

“Council has therefore agreed, to waive recertification requirements for the next 11 months.

………until 28 February 2021.”

You may access this update directly here.

Yes. Many of your management activities through the COVID-19 pandemic are directly relevant to CPD. For example, they involve acquisition of new knowledge, complex planning as well as responding to ever changing scenarios and supporting colleagues and patients using direct and remote technologies. You can record these types of activities in your CPD record in MyRACMA and remember to include a reflective statement of your experiences.

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