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).

  • Section 1 - Group Learning: 1 credit per hour of an accredited group learning activity or 0.5 credits per hour of an unaccredited activity
  • Section 2 - Self-Learning:  Credits vary, please click here for more information. Note that the SOGC cannot review Section 2 credits.
  • Section 3 - Assessment: 3 credits per hour of an accredited knowledge assessment or performance assessment activity

Before applying

Applications for accreditation are based on organisation type: physician organisation or non-physician organisation. Before applying, please take note of which of the following definitions applies to your group. Organizations that do not meet the Royal College definition of a physician organization can co-develop activities with a physician organization or with an accredited CPD provider. Please click here for more information.

Physician organization

Non-physician organization

A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physicians members through:

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

This definition includes the following groups:

  • Faculties of medicine
  • Hospital departments or divisions
  • Medical societies
  • Medical associations
  • Medical academies
  • Physician research organization
  • Health authorities not linked to government agency

Any group that does not fit the definition of a physician organization is considered a non-physician organization. This includes pharmaceutical companies and their advisory groups, medical and surgical supply companies, medical device companies, communication companies and other for-profit organizations and ventures/activities.

Examples of other non-physician organizations include:

  • 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


How to apply for Section 1 credits

Step 1: Review the MOC Section 1 Application Guide

This guide includes SOGC accreditation policies and detailed application procedure. 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 2: Gather relevant information and documentation

To complete the application for accreditation, both Physician and Non-Physician Organizations will need:
• Basic program information; title, dates, location, description, registration information
• Target audience information communication/planning firm information if applicable
• Planning committee contact information
• Results of prior evaluations
• Planning committee meeting minutes
• Needs assessment documentation
• Learning objectives (click here for a list of verbs found to be effective in formulating educational objectives)
• Program development process information
• Educational format and interactivity
• Event schedule and program complete with presentation titles, presenter's names and times indicating discussion periods
• Evaluation form/tool (click here for evaluation form template)
• Complete program budget
Conflict of interest disclosure forms for all planning committee members and faculty/speakers

In addition to the above, Non-Physician Organizations will need:
• Completed faculty honorarium forms
• Completed honoraria disbursement Form
• SOGC Representative audit form for the review of scientific content
• Copies of all promotional brochures/mail outs
• Copies of all on-site materials/handouts
• Registration list including, name, email, specialty for all attendees requiring certificates of attendance (Provided to the SOGC after the event)
• Evaluation summaries
• Copies of sponsorship agreements

Step 3: Complete the application form

Click here for online learning program application form
 
Click here for in-person learning program application form
 
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. If you have any questions, please contact accreditation@sogc.com.
 
Step 4: Send in your payment, application form, and accompanying documents. 
 
Completed applications, including all accompanying documentation as listed in the application form, can be sent to the SOGC via:
  • email at accreditation@sogc.com, or
  • 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. 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 applications will not be reviewed until payment is received. 
 

Step 5: 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. 


Step 6: Indicate Section 1 approval of your activity 

According to the Royal College, if your activity receives Section 1 approval, the following statement must appear on all conference materials (including the program and the certification of participation):

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

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How to apply for Section 3 credits

Step 1: Review the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Guidelines for Simulation Activities

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 2: Gather all relevant information

To complete the application for accreditation, both Physician and Non-Physician Organizations will need:
• Basic program information; title, dates, location, description, registration information
• Target audience information communication/planning firm information if applicable
• Planning committee contact information
• Results of prior evaluations
• Needs assessment documentation
• Learning objectives (click here for a list of verbs found to be effective in formulating educational objectives)
• Program development process information
• Educational format and interactivity, including reflection tools and feedback strategies
• Event schedule and program complete with presentation titles, presenter's names and times indicating hands-on activities
• Evaluation form/tool (click here for evaluation form template)
• Complete program budget

Step 3: Complete the application form

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. If you have any questions, please contact accreditation@sogc.com.
 
Step 4: Send in your payment, application form, and accompanying documents. 
 
Completed applications, including all accompanying documentation as listed in the application form, can be sent to the SOGC via:
  • email at accreditation@sogc.com, or
  • 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. 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 applications will not be reviewed until payment is received. 
 

Step 5: 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. 


Step 6: Indicate Section 1 approval of your activity 

According to the Royal College, if your activity receives Section 1 approval, the following statement must appear on all conference materials (including the program and the certification of participation):

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

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Accreditation Review Fees

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

Non-Physician Organization Review Fee

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 

$1000 + applicable taxes

Non-Physician Organization Approval Fee

MOC Section 1 and Section 3 

$8000 + applicable taxes

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

Per recipient of honorarium per event

$250 + applicable taxes

For 4 recipients

$750 + applicable taxes

For 5 recipients or more

Price on a per-request basis

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

Non-Physician Organization Fast Tracking Accreditation Review Fee

$1500 + applicable taxes

Fees are non-refundable.

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