Accreditation

The SOGC is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a fully accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits within the College's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The SOGC can review and approve Section 1 and Section 3 applications (Section 2 activities must be entered into MAINPORT by the member).


Before applying

Has your program been developed by a physician organization?

In order to be considered for accreditation, a program must be developed by a physician organization, which is defined by the Royal College as "a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members through:

  • continuing professional development,
  • provision of health care, and/or
  • research.

This definition excludes pharmaceutical companies and their advisory groups, medical and surgical supply companies, medical device companies, communication companies and other for-profit organizations and ventures/activities."

Organizations that do not meet this definition can co-develop activities with a physician organization or with an accredited CPD provider

Examples of physician organizations Examples of non-physician organizations
  • faculties of medicine
  • hospital departments or divisions
  • medical societies
  • medical associations
  • medical academies
  • physician research organizations
  • health authorities not linked to government agencies
  • Canadian provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities (MRAs)
  • disease-oriented patient advocacy organizations (e.g. Canadian Diabetes Association)
  • government departments or agencies (e.g. Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • medical education or communications (MEC) companies (e.g. CME Inc.)
  • for-profit online educators, publishing companies or simulation companies (e.g. Medscape, CAE)
  • small groups of physicians working together to develop educational programming

Is your program compliant with the new National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities?

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has recently updated their standards for accreditation in order to:

  • safeguard high-quality CPD from commercial influence,
  • outline a clearly defined role for sponsors of CPD activities, and
  • standardize development and delivery of CPD activities for both family and specialist physician audiences.

To facilitate the accreditation process, we encourage you to download and review the National Standard to ensure that your program is compliant. The Royal College has also developed a suite of tools and templates that may be helpful in completing your application. We recommend consulting the Royal College's list of verbs for formulating educational objectives to ensure that the learning objectives developed for  each session are compliant.


How to apply

Step 1: Review the SOGC accreditation guide(s) pertaining to the type of MOC credits for which you are applying. 

Step 2: Complete the application form.

Download and complete the Application for Accreditation.

Note that applications for accreditation must be submitted to the SOGC a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the intended date to advertise the approved CPD activity. 

Step 3: Send in your application form, accompanying documents, and payment.

Completed applications, including all accompanying documentation as listed in the application form, can be sent to the SOGC via email to accreditation@sogc.com, or via post to:
 
Education and Accreditation Division
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada           
2781 Lancaster Drive, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON, K1B 1A7
Canada
 
Please review the table below to determine the applicable review fee that must accompany your application. To pay by credit card, please complete the Credit Card Authorization Form and include it with your application. Cheques can be made payable to The Society of Obstetricians and Gyanecologists of Canada, and can be mailed to the above address. Please note that accreditation will not be finalized until payment is received.

Step 4: Review accreditation results.

The SOGC will review your application and do one of the following:

  • grant approval based on a successful application
  • grant conditional approval requiring minor modifications to the activity
  • require an additional full review requiring major modifications to the activity
  • reject the application

Further action (i.e. review of your application to meet the criteria outlined by the SOGC to receive accreditation) may be required. 

 


Physician Organization Review Fees

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 (No private sector support)

$500 + applicable taxes

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 (Less than $10,000 of private sector support)

$750 + applicable taxes

MOC Section 1 and Section 3  (More than $10,000 of private sector support)

$1250 + applicable taxes

Repeat Review Fees (for accredited events that repeat throughout the year)

Per repitition

$250 + applicable taxes

Additional fees for expedited accreditation of events less than 8 weeks prior to the intended advertising date

Physician Organization Fast Tracking Accreditation Review Fee

$250 + applicable taxes

Fees are non-refundable.

For more information, please contact accreditation@sogc.com, or 613-730-4192 or 1-800-561-2416 extension 238.