Accreditation of your continuing professional development activities

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) is proud to announce that physician organizations, as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, can now submit an accreditation request directly to the Direction of Continuing Professional Development (DCPD).

About us

The FMSQ's DCPD is a recognized medical organisation that meets the accreditation criteria set out by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) and the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. The DCPD is also a provider of CPD activities that are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (the Royal College).

The FMSQ meets the criteria for a physician organization, as defined by the Royal College – "A physician organization 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" (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2017). 

Submitting an accreditation request

Only accreditation requests submitted by a physician organization are eligible. Organizations which are not considered to be physician organizations (such as pharmaceutical companies, communication firms and agencies, non-recognized groups of professionals and foundations, among others) cannot submit an accreditation request.

All accreditation requests must be signed by a medical specialist. Medical specialists in charge of a CPD activity who submit an accreditation request to the FMSQ for the first time must have previously completed an online training course on the Code of ethics of the Conseil québécois de développement professionnel continu des médecins (CQDPCM) and the course"Formation des formateurs en DPC"which is offered online or in a classroom setting by the FMSQ, or any other course on the use of a methodical approach to CPD activity development that has been recognized as an equivalent training course by the FMSQ. 

The FMSQ training courses are provided free of charge to its specialist physician members. 

Accreditation procedure

The DCPD only grants credits for activities that are provided by a recognized physician organization (for example, a Canadian regional or national association of medical practitioners, the council of physicians, dentists and pharmacists (CPDP) of a general hospital, a hospital department, an association or a federation of physicians). The CPD programs of such organizations must respect the required ethical and educational criteria, as well as be linked to a valid accreditation request.

The Accreditation Request User Guide contains all the information needed to fill out an accreditation request, whether it is for a collective training activity (Section 1 credits), a self-assessment program or a simulation activity (Section 3 credits).

Accreditation fees

The FMSQ charges a sum of $500, plus applicable taxes, for all CPD activity accreditation requests submitted by a physician organization not affiliated to the FMSQ, regardless of whether the proposed activity has been developed solely by the submitting organization or in collaboration with another physician organization.


The accreditation service provided by the DCPD includes :

  • educational support services;
  • a review of the submitted file;
  • an online assessment and the production of a report (as required);
  • a notice of compliance; and
  • a certificate of attendance.

The $500 invoice (plus applicable taxes) will be sent to the submitting organization. This sum includes the required administrative fees for the review of the file. There is no fee for the issuance of the certificate of attendance. If, after a review of the file, the accreditation request is refused, a fee of only $150 will be applied. All fees are taxable. (See invoicing procedure.)

Accreditation Request Form

It should be noted that any training activity begun before the accreditation request was submitted will not be considered. All requests must be submitted two months (eight weeks) prior to the implementation of the related CPD activity. 

To submit an accreditation request, the submitting organization must fill out the Demande d'accréditation d'une activité de formation  form.

Accreditation request tools

In order to provide high quality healthcare throughout their professional career, physicians must keep their skills up to date by taking part in continuous professional development activities. The Direction of CPD is constantly developing the tools needed by its affiliated medical associations and CPD units in various clinical settings to achieve the objectives of the proposed training activities. These tools are also available to all medical specialists who are FMSQ members.

Accreditation request tools

References on the Royal College Web site – Section 1 of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program

References on the Royal College Web site – Section 3 of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program


Contact information

Adresse postale
Direction du développement professionnel continu
2, Complexe Desjardins, porte 3000
C.P. 216, succursale Desjardins
Montréal (Québec)  H5B 1G8

Numéro de téléphone
Téléphone : 514 350-5116

Adresse électronique