The College endorses continued medical education (CME) providers to ensure our members have access to a library of quality courses, events and online activities to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

CPD builds on the culture of lifelong learning that underpins the medical profession and contributes towards improving the quality of general practice in New Zealand by encouraging meaningful reflective engagement in on-going learning and development.

The programme is also designed to enable vocationally registered general practitioners to comply with the recertification requirements for medical practitioners set by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

About CME endorsement


What is CME?

The term ‘continuing medical education’ (CME) is used to describe medical education activities designed to enhance practitioners’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional judgement.

There is an expectation that general practitioners will select education activities that best meet their personal and professional learning needs.

Who must do CME?

Engaging in continuing professional development (CPD) activities is a requirement of all general practitioners. CME is one type of CPD activity.

What is the benefit of CME endorsement?

A College endorsement means that the CME activity has met quality educational standards and the activity is deemed to align most with the expectations of the MCNZ for recertification.

> A CME endorsement is a clear signal to the profession that an educational activity is of high quality and aligns with the expectations of the MCNZ for recertification. General Practitioners have a long history of trusting and engaging with endorsed providers.

> A CME endorsement comes with free promotion and advertising via the College’s website. Additional e-advertising can be purchased.

> A CME endorsement enables the provider to use the approved College endorsement logo.

> Endorsed providers will be provided with - at the College’s discretion - annual CME aggregate data regarding attendance patterns, education provision and other trends.

Endorsement criteria and guidelines

More information about making an application – including criteria and examples – can be found below.

See the guidelines