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AMC/MCNZ Accreditation

Announcement: The College has been granted accreditation until 31 March 2021.

The AMC and MCNZ assessment panel have compiled a comprehensive Accreditation Report on the Education and Training Programs of the RACP.

2014 Reaccreditation with the AMC and MCNZ

Throughout 2014 the College's specialist medical programs and continuing professional development programs underwent an accreditation assessment by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

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 series of meetings 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.

The College has been granted accreditation until 31 March 2021. Accreditation is subject to the College achieving 31 conditions which are detailed in the Accreditation Report.

The AMC Directors have found that the College substantially meets the accreditation standards. The College has been commended on its achievements:

“The team commends the College on its progress since the last AMC assessment in the management of education and training. It has invested significantly in its education programs and the expertise supporting them, and this is delivering appreciable benefits. In particular, the team applauds the emphasis on standardising the approach taken to the wide range of programs.” 

The Medical Board of Australia has approved the College's accredited programs of study for registration purposes. A communique detailed the approved programs of study is available on the Medical Board of Australia's website.

If you have any questions regarding the College's assessment, please contact amc@racp.edu.au.  

Background

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. In New Zealand the process of accreditation is managed by the Medical Council of New Zealand. The primary objective of these accreditation processes is to provide external assurance of the quality of medical education, based on explicit standards. 

Accreditation by the Australian Medical Council

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.

Accreditation by the Medical Council of New Zealand

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.