Scientific Planning Committee (SPC)

All accredited/certified activities must have a scientific planning committee (SPC), appointed by and including member(s) of the accountable physician organization that is representative of the target audience. The SPC is responsible for ensuring that all decision-making related to the CPD planning, developing and delivery are under its exclusive control in carrying out the following:

  1. Identification of the educational needs of the intended target audience
  2. Development of learning objectives
  3. Selection of educational methods
  4. Selection and invitation of all persons involved in development, delivery and evaluation of the CPD activity (e.g. speakers, moderators, facilitators, instructors, authors)
  5. Development and delivery of content
  6. Review of the evaluations and the final budget following the activity
  7. Enforce UBC CPD Policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) Management including reviewing disclosures of speakers, moderators and facilitators

If the target audience is interprofessional, the SPC should consists of representatives from each profession where possible.

UBC CPD requires a minimum of two physicians to sit on each SPC. Planning meeting minutes should be kept from year to year with dates and attendees.

The SPC cannot include members from pharmaceutical, medical supply, medical education, or other for-profit companies. Inclusion of members from industry or other for-profit companies on the SPC is strictly prohibited. 

Accountable Physician

The Accountable Physician is the Chair or member of the Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) representing the Physician Organization, and as such agrees to assume ultimate responsibility for upholding the accreditation/certification standards and for following the UBC CPD Guidelines for Support in preparing and implementing the CPD activity.

See Declarations for other required SPC members.

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