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Accreditation Criteria

Purpose:  This policy exists to ensure that Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities accredited by Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) fulfill certain criteria, thus fostering a standard of excellence for continuing education and continuing professional development.

  • All activities*  to be accredited by HAAD must be submitted for approval in advance, with the information received no less than six weeks prior to the activity being held. 
    • Information must be submitted on a CME Accreditation Application form and be accompanied by any relevant supporting documentation.  A contact person must be clearly identified for all communication related to accreditation of the activity.  Details on sending the completed CME Accreditation Application form to HAAD are included at the end of the form.
  • In order to gain HAAD accreditation, all activities must meet the following criteria:

Activities must be no less than 60 minutes in duration
Activities must meet an identified learning need(s) amongst those likely to participate (i.e., the target audience)
Activities must be planned and developed in such a way to maximize input from those in the field of expertise and those from the target audience
Activities must be advertised well in advance and encourage widespread participation amongst the target audience
Activities must have a specifically defined purpose including learning objectives, which are clearly identified and communicated
Activities must allocate no less than 25% of the total time for interactive learning (e.g., audience participation, questions and answers, etc.)
Activities must have a comprehensive evaluation on format, venue, content, relevance, speaker(s), contribution to learning, etc.  The evaluation must be tabulated and the results used to improve future activities
Activities must have a formalized method of documenting and tracking participant attendance so that confirmation can be provided to participants
Activities with sponsorship or financial assistance (e.g., industry funding) must be managed (i.e., content, format, choice of speakers, etc.) by a planning body of professionals from the field of expertise and from the target audience.  Advertising of the sponsor’s specific products on written materials associated with the activity is not permitted.

  • Those activities that fulfill the criteria will be accredited as follows:  1 HAAD credit for each hour of activity.  HAAD will inform the contact person of the approved credit allocation no less than one week prior to the activity.
  • Should credits not be awarded, HAAD will specifically outline to the contact person, the reason an activity is not eligible for accreditation (i.e., which criteria are not fulfilled).  If the contact person can demonstrate steps to rectify the situation so that an activity will meet the criteria in advance of being held, accreditation may be possible.
  • Where reciprocal arrangements have been established, activities that have already received accreditation by a body recognized by HAAD (e.g., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) will automatically receive HAAD recognition.



* Activities include lectures, seminars, workshops, rounds, conferences, courses and any educational session intended to fulfill certain learning objectives.  While the term CME is used, the activities may be for physicians, nurses or other allied health professionals.