Approval for distance learning

The Royal Colleges of Physicians collectively approve distance learning (interactive e-learning) CPD activities. Approved activities are listed on the online database accessible to over 20,000 doctors.

Guidelines

The Federation’s CPD distance learning (interactive e-learning) approval guidelines, downloadable below, provide important information about the CPD approval process. They include approval criteria, details about the online application process, administration fee information, and other relevant information about CPD. The CPD distance learning evaluation form provides the criteria used by the evaluators to assess the approval applications.

Approval for live events

The federation approves external CPD events for physicians. Only approved external events appear on the RCP online database available through the CPD diary.

External events are defined as educational events for physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. External events may be regional, national or international in character. The Colleges do not approve internal CPD events or personal CPD activities. Internal events are those which are targeted solely at physicians within one hospital or trust/board, while personal CPD activities are those educational activities which physicians undertake informally in their own time. There is no formal approval process for these activities.

Guidelines

The CPD event approval guidelines, downloadable below, provide important information about the CPD approval process. They include approval criteria, details about the online application process, administration fee information, and other relevant information about CPD.

Apply

To register to use the online approvals system to apply for approval of an event or product please email cpdapproval@rcplondon.ac.uk, stating the name of your organisation and whether it is a commercial or not-for-profit organisation. You will then be issued with a username and password to access the system.

Please note if you have already registered with us to submit live event approval applications you will not need to register again.

Log in to the online events approval system