Waiving Physician credits

Both Colleges are making changes in how physicians report and claim credits during this pandemic. 

See immediately below for information from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and lower on this page for similar information from the College of Family Physicians of Canada

MOC cycle for 2020:

From the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:


Question:  I don’t want to default on my Royal College membership but with everything happening — conference/event cancellations, closures, increased workload, etc. — I can’t imagine that I will have time to complete my MOC requirements this year. Will the Royal College be doing anything to help?


  • Our primary aim is to support our Fellows and MOC Program participants during these challenging times. In recognition of this unprecedented situation, and in alignment with our partners at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College will be waiving all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements for 2020:
    • One year will be added to everyone’s cycle.
    • While no credits are required to be submitted this year, any credits submitted will still be counted towards your current (now six-year) cycle. We are waiving the traditional 40-credit minimum requirement for 2020.

We are affording this respite from reporting to allow our program participants to focus on their work and to take care of themselves.

Waiving Mainpro+ credit requirements and extending cycles

From the College of Family Physicians of Canada:

Dear colleagues,
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic our primary aim at the College of Family Physicians of Canada is to support our members. In recognition of the significant pressures they are experiencing, both personally and professionally, we have implemented the following actions:

  • Waiving the 2019-2020 annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements (25 certified and/or non-certified credits)
  • Extending all current Mainpro+® cycles by one year to allow Mainpro+ participants time to acquire 250 credits

A communication about these actions went out to all Mainpro+ participants on March 23rd, and over the next several weeks we will be updating individual Mainpro+ participant accounts to reflect these changes. Although we have made these exceptions to CPD participation requirements, we continue to encourage family physicians to engage in and record their CPD activities in Mainpro+. Since implementing these changes in Mainpro+ will take us a few weeks, we will include a notice on our website at www.cfpc.ca as a reminder. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is implementing a similar adjustment for its members. The decisions made by both national offices have the approval of the provincial/territorial medical regulatory authorities.
We understand this has an impact on you as CPD providers. We have heard from many of you and have worked to put programs on hold, extend certification periods, and convert live programs to virtual formats. We hope you understand our decision to make these changes for our members regarding their CPD requirements over the next year, and we look forward to continuing our important collaboration with you as providers to ensure that our members have ongoing opportunities to do CPD activities in formats and at times that work for them.
Should you have any questions about program certification, please contact us at certplus@cfpc.ca.
Until the next update, please take care.

Amy Outschoorn, MEd, CTDP
Director, Continuing Professional Development
College of Family Physicians of Canada