We know the impact of COVID-19 on our Fellows is enormous. Many of you will struggle to meet CPD requirements this year due to cancellation of conferences, withdrawn leave requests and reprioritisation of workforce needs.
Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have updated their expectations for 2020 CPD.
Fellows with incomplete 2019 CPD records will have automatic extensions until midnight (AWST) Friday 31 July 2020. There's no fee for this extension.
We're monitoring the situation closely to determine if further extensions for 2019 CPD records are necessary.
2020 requirements — Australia
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) won’t take action if you can’t meet the CPD registration standard when you renew your medical registration this year and neither will the College. The MBA encourages you to continue to do CPD relevant to your scope of practice.
2020 requirements — Aotearoa New Zealand
The Medical Council of New Zealand will exempt all general and vocationally-registered doctors from recertification programme requirements until 28 February 2021.
Doctors returning to practice from 26 March 2020 don't need to enrol in the Inpractice or College programme until 28 February 2021.
Doctors won't be audited for compliance with recertification programmes over the next 11 months. You’ll need to be enrolled and actively participating in required programmes from 1 March 2021.
A note to all Fellows
We know many of you will complete a multitude of CPD activities this year, whether up-skilling in the use of telehealth for virtual consultations, reviewing online mental health resources, or vaccine development for those in immunology and infectious diseases research.
The types of innovation we’re currently seeing from our medical profession are perhaps the ultimate CPD. We won’t monitor or audit CPD records in 2020 but they will still be open if you wish to record your CPD.