Doctors’ licence renewal linked to CME hours

ABU DHABI — The Health Authority, Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has made it compulsory for doctors in the private sector to obtain accredited hours of Continued Medical Education (CME) programme in order to have their licence renewed.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Wed 25 Apr 2007, 8:44 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:43 AM

The rule, which takes effect from June 2008, will make it mandatory for physicians and dentists working in the private health sector to possess accredited CME certificate when seeking renewal of licence.

“The Authority has decided to link renewal of licence for health professionals in the private sector with accredited CME hours. The move is in line with HAAD policy to secure high standards of health services,” said Dr Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of HAAD.

He noted that the Authority applies this condition when issuing licences to health professionals in the public sector and primary healthcare centres.

“We are committed to ensuring highest standards of health services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in both the public and private sectors,” he stressed.

He said the rule will also be applicable to pharmacy and nursing professionals from February 2009. Consequently, any health professional seeking licence renewal will be required to meet certain CME requirements.

“Medical scientific events will be classified into two categories; Category I will comprise formal learning opportunities provided by recognised educational institutions or professional bodies, and accredited by HAAD or any other recognised health body. Category II will cover self-learning activities or less profiled local training,” explained Dr Mazrouei.

He said the minimum annual CME participation requirements for health professionals practising in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will differ according to the medical specialisation. Physicians/dentists need to log 50 CME hours per year, out of which at least 25 should be in Category I. At least 10 of these 25 hours must be in their particular speciality.

Nurses and pharmacists must log 20 CME hours per year of which at least 10 hours should be in Category 1, he said.

The Ministry of Health has been applying the CME rule nationwide for more than two years.

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