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CPD approval of events

Events approved for CPD purposes should serve to maintain or enhance the knowledge, skills, personal and professional performance of all ophthalmologists who take part in them. They should meet an educational need and provide an effective learning experience.

The RCOphth’s CPD programme has evolved to focus on reflection and discussion and there should be much less emphasis on the collection of evidence.  Ophthalmologists are thus encouraged to record learning and development through self-certification.

The approval of CPD points for non-commercial organisations (e.g. hospitals, specialist societies) is suspended until further notice.

The RCOphth continues to offer approval of CPD points where the academic quality of events run by commercial organisations is demonstrated by valid aims and objectives.

Please read the Guidance for Approval of CPD Points and complete the CPD Application Form to seek prospective approval. The form must be accompanied by a programme or agenda where applicable.

A minimum of 2 weeks’ notice before the event is due to take place is required. 

The CPD approval fee for events run by commercial (for profit) organisations is £300 plus VAT.  A fee of £350 plus VAT will be charged for all applications made less than 2 weeks before the event is due to run.

Approved events may run multiple times over a 12-month period without further applications providing that the content, speakers and hours of educational content remain the same as stipulated in the original application.

Please contact [email protected] for further information.