Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Approval of activity

The activity has not been approved, can I claim PCS (CPD)?

From time to time you may engage in activities which have not been approved by a PGTB. In this instance you should satisfy yourself that these activities are relevant to your own need and reflect on how they benefit your maintenance of professional competence.

Can I claim PCS (CPD) for online learning?

Credits are awarded for online courses subject to the following criteria:

  • Course provides for some type of learner interaction or self-assessment.
  • Course objectives describe what the participants may learn or achieve by participating in the course.
  • Course provides access to appropriate bibliographic sources that allow for further study and that reinforce and clarify specific activity topics.
  • Practitioner produces evidence of activity and/or completion e.g. a certificate of completion of a module.
  • Doctors should ensure a balance between CPD credits garnered from online learning and from attending meetings.

Online course providers: when applying for CPD approval, providers should establish a 'good faith' estimate on the amount of time a physician will take to complete the activity and satisfy its purpose and/or learning objectives.

Does my training body recognise Medscape/UptoDate/other learning sites?

  • Doctor uses common sense and knowledge of their own practice to determine whether the topic is appropriate to their practice/development needs (self-directed learning).
  • If the online activity is passive   reading or viewing a video - then they may claim the activity as personal learning.
  • If the activity meets the criteria for online courses as described above then the doctor can choose to claim credit in the external category, and the training body will accept that claim from the doctor.