The College has a responsibility to moderate and audit the Foundation Standard assessment process. 

What is involved in Foundation Standard moderation?

  • eliminating or lessening extremes 
  • ensuring consistency in criteria interpretation 
  • ensuring consistency in what is accepted as adequate supporting evidence 
  • enabling “best practice” to be identified and shared.

The moderation processes likely to be used by the College includes:

  • reviewing randomly selected assessments; and/or 
  • analysis of evidence that supports a criterion, or group of criteria, across PHOs/practices. 


Moderation will inform the College’s audit approach, which could be random or selected audit. Audits may be completed using: 

  • desk-based clarification
  • a shortened assessment in a single practice
  • assessment of the same criteria across several practices
  • repeat of a full assessment

Moderation Panel

An RNZCGP appointed moderation panel will provide expert advice to the College, PHOs and practices in relation to the interpretation and application of the Foundation Standard.