New Zealand CPD Requirements

CPD requirements for Fellows practising in New Zealand

In New Zealand, recertification and CPD requirements are set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

The annual minimum CPD requirement for New Zealand Fellows is 100 credits for the calendar year (1 January to 31 December) according to the MyCPD Framework. CPD submissions are due by 31 March of the following year, e.g. the 2018 CPD due date is 31 March 2019. This requirement applies to Fellows practising full-time or part-time.

Download the MyCPD Framework, which outlines the educational value of CPD activities in 5 categories.

Download the CPD Participation Policy, which outlines the RACP standards for participation in CPD by Fellows and non-Fellows.

For more information about the MyCPD program, refer to 'What is MyCPD?'.

The MCNZ has set compulsory CPD activities for vocational registrants

  • 50 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • 20 hours of continuing medical education (CME)
  • 10 hours of peer review
  • Participation in an audit of medical practice.

These activities should be incorporated within the minimum 100 CPD credit requirement.   

MCNZ requirements for general registrants

General registrants should be completing the ‘Inpractice’ CPD programme unless otherwise authorised by the MCNZ.

  • 50 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Including 20 hours of continuing medical education (CME)
  • Including 10 hours peer review
  • Participation in an audit of medical practice
  • Participation in a regular practice review in the last three years
  • Participation in a collegial relationship (six meetings in the first year, and four meetings a year after that, with a minimum of eight interactive hours a year)
  • Participation in a multi-source feedback in the last three years
  • Completion of a Professional Development Plan (PDP)

More information for general scope doctors can be found on the MCNZ website.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the College and the MCNZ

The RACP is now required to formally notify the MCNZ of any New Zealand registered participants who fail to complete their CPD requirements over two consecutive years. 

New Fellows

New Zealand Fellows admitted to Fellowship after 30 June are exempt from their MyCPD and MCNZ CPD requirements for that calendar year. Fellows admitted on or before 30 June are required to complete at least 100 CPD credits for that calendar year, including the mandatory CPD activities set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

Fellows practising overseas

RACP Fellows practising overseas and not holding an Annual Practising Certificate with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) are required to complete at least 100 CPD credits in MyCPD, unless participating in an alternative, accredited CPD programme. If you are participating in an alternative CPD programme relevant to your scope of practice, please notify the CPD unit and you will be withdrawn from MyCPD.

Fellows practising overseas and still maintaining their Annual Practising Certificate with the MCNZ are required to complete at least 100 CPD credits in MyCPD, including the MCNZ’s compulsory CPD activities.

Post-FRACP Trainees

New Zealand Fellows participating in further RACP training after admission to Fellowship are exempt from completing CPD for that year, unless they have also practised in their first specialty for three or more months of the calendar year.

Dual Fellows

An ongoing exemption/withdrawal from MyCPD is considered when a New Zealand Fellow participates in an alternative CPD programme accredited by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Please refer to the MCNZ Recertification and Continuing Professional Booklet for a list of accredited programmes or more information.

The MCNZ notes an exception to this rule:

  • Participants who hold vocational registration in both internal medicine and pathology, and are practising in haematology, must participate in both the MyCPD and RCPA CPD programmes.

Please contact the CPD unit if you wish to be withdrawn from the MyCPD programme on the basis of completing an alternative CPD programme.

New Zealand Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP)

Overseas Trained Physicians (OTP) who gain vocational registration after 30 June do not have a CPD requirement for that calendar year. OTPs who gain vocational registration on or before 30 June will be required to complete at least 100 CPD credits for that calendar year, including the mandatory CPD activities set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

CPD exemptions

Fellows registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) can apply for a CPD exemption if they have been practising for less than six months in a calendar year. Temporary exemptions are granted for one CPD year only for the reasons outlined below:

  • carer’s leave;
  • personal hardship;
  • long service leave/sabbatical;
  • parental leave;
  • sick leave;
  • Post-FRACP trainee (continuing training with the RACP)
  • other significant absence from practice.

The RACP may apply the exemption for a single year only. All exemption requests for more than one consecutive year will be referred to the MCNZ for decision. 

Please contact the CPD Unit to request a CPD exemption.  

Returning to practice

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) may have additional CPD requirements before returning to practice if you:

  • have not practised medicine in the last three years;
  • are returning to practice in New Zealand after practising overseas.

Please contact the MCNZ directly to discuss your individual CPD requirements before recommencing practice in New Zealand.

If you need any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the CPD team.

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