Speaker Letter

Informing Faculty of Standards

The Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) is accountable for all content delivered and must ensure that all persons involved with developing and delivering CPD content are informed of the accreditation/certification standards. As stated in the UBC CPD Guidelines for Support, Element 2.2, a process must be in place to ensure that those responsible for developing or delivering content are informed about the following, most often conveyed in a speaker letter:

  • the identified needs of the target audience;
  • learning objectives must be based on identified needs, and be learner-centred;
  • content and materials provide a balanced view across all relevant options related to the content area and reflect the current scientific literature;
  • description of therapeutic options must utilize generic (or both generic and trade) names and not reflect exclusivity and branding;
  • presenters must declare any off-label use when making therapeutic recommendations for medications that have not received regulatory approval;
  • every effort must be made to avoid bias, whether commercial or other;
  • disclosure of all relationships with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations is required; presenters must disclosure to participants, both on slides (disclosure, management) and verbally
    NOTE: this includes each presenter completing and submitting a disclosure form prior to the CPD activity for the SPC for review
  • references to evidence used to create content must be included in presentations;
  • time allotment must be adhered to, including include time for interactivity such as Q & A; and
  • content and materials must meet professional standards and legal requirements, including the protection of privacy, confidentiality and copyright.



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