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Agreement with the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

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AMA Will Convert Royal College MOC Credits

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) have renewed their CME agreement.  Under the new agreement, select activities approved for Royal College MOC Credits are eligible for conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The renewed agreement is in place through Dec. 31, 2020.

National Specialty Societies and Simulation Programs that have been approved by the Royal College as accredited CPD providers are covered by this agreement.

The agreement between the AMA and the Royal College was amended at the end of 2013, and effective Jan. 1, 2014 the University offices of CME accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education are also covered by the agreement.

Only those activities approved by Royal College accredited CPD providers, as described above, in the following categories are eligible for conversion:

  • Section 1, live face-to-face group learning
  • Section 1, web-based synchronous
  • Section 1, web-based asynchronous
  • Section 3, self-assessment programs (designed to assist the specialist to identify gaps in knowledge)
  • Section 3, simulation activities

Credit cannot be designated retroactively.

Only Royal College MOC credit as described above will be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for individuals who have received a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or an equivalent international degree.

Credit will be converted based on 1 hour of participation equaling 1 credit for all activities. Physicians wishing to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be required to follow the instructions outlined below. Physicians will be required to pay a processing fee to the AMA for credit conversion.

The following AMA credit designation statement must be included on all disseminated promotional materials and all certificates given to physicians for their participation in the above described categories.

“Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website.”

Certificates provided to physician participants must delineate the total number of accredited hours of the activity so that the appropriate conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be made.

Instructions for Converting Royal College MOC Credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

To apply for conversion of Royal College MOC credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, download the Application for Royal College MOC Credit Conversion (PDF) and submit:

  • The completed application by fax or mail
  • A copy of the Royal College MOC credit certificate
  • Nonrefundable processing fee

A certificate awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be emailed within 4 weeks.

By fax:

Attn: Educational Services
(312) 464-5129


By mail:

American Medical Association
Educational Services
330 N. Wabash Suite 39300
Chicago, Illinois 60611-5885

If you have questions, please contact Educational Services at [email protected].

More About Royal College

For more information about the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, please visit the Royal College website.

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