Accreditation is a vital aspect of any training organisation. In Australia, all providers of specialist medical education must be accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). In New Zealand the process of accreditation is managed by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The primary objective of these accreditation processes is to provide external assurance of the quality of medical education, based on explicit standards.
In 2010, the RACP was granted accreditation until December 2014 by the AMC and the MCNZ. The 2010 comprehensive report to the AMC is available here. Between accreditation visits, the AMC and MCNZ monitor developments through annual reports.
The AMC is a national standards body for medical education and training. One of its functions is to advise and make recommendations to the Medical Board of Australia on the accreditation of Australian and Australasian providers of specialist medical training and professional development programs. More information on Review and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Education and Training programs in Australia can be found at: www.amc.org.au/index.php/ar/sme.
The MCNZ has similar processes to the AMC for the accreditation of specialist medical education and training. In New Zealand these relate to vocational scopes of practice. Details can be found at: www.mcnz.org.nz/news-and-publications/guides-and-booklets/.
Memorandum of Understanding
In 2010 the AMC and MCNZ signed an agreement extending and formalising aligned accreditation processes by both accrediting authorities. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has enabled the RACP to more efficiently review and improve its training programs in Australia and New Zealand.
2014 Reaccreditation with the AMC and MCNZ
Throughout 2014 the AMC and MCNZ have been conducting a full re-accreditation assessment of the RACP. The College submitted its 2014 Accreditation submission to the AMC and MCNZ on 30 May 2014. This detailed submission describes the College's education and training pathways and processes, including key changes to training and assessment processes in recent years. A Quick Guide to this submission is available here.
The AMC and MCNZ established an assessment panel to conduct the College's 2014 accreditation assessment. Throughout September and October, this panel conducted a number of visits to training settings, and a week of meetings at the College with Members and staff from 29 September to 3 October. Through this process the assessment panel have gathered feedback on the College from a number of stakeholders.
Throughout November and December the assessment panel will be compiling a comprehensive report on the College's assessment for consideration by the AMC's Board of Directors. The report will become a public document following the Medical Board of Australia's consideration of this report and final accreditation decision.
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