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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 three 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 meet an identified learning need(s) amongst those likely to participate. A learning need is defined as the “gap” between current knowledge, skills, attitudes or behaviors AND competencies relative to: (1) current evidence or (2) accepted clinical practice guidelines
PURPOSE Activities must have a specifically defined purpose including learning objectives, which are clearly identified and communicated
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
TARGET AUDIENCE Activities must have a target audience who will earn credit hours for participating. The target audience must be limited to healthcare professionals who will likely implement the program scientific content to change competence, performance and/or patient outcomes.
CONTENT AND SPEAKERS The content of the learning activity must reflect the learning objectives and the need to close the identified gap. The content must be based on evidence that is accepted within the respective health professional field. The faculty of speakers must have experience and credentials that substantiate their ability to fulfill the learning objectives.
Activities must be in educational formats that are appropriate for the setting and objectives. Activities must allocate no less than 25% of the total time for interactive learning (e.g., audience participation, questions and answers, etc.)
Activities must be analyzed for changes achieved in learners as result of the activity/educational intervention and must reflect the identified educational needs. Outcomes to be assessed include changes in knowledge, competence, performance, or patient outcomes.
Activities must be advertised well in advance and encourage widespread participation amongst the target audience. Promotional materials must be accurate and consistent with accreditation provisions.
Activities must have a comprehensive evaluation on format, venue, content, relevance, speaker(s), contribution to learning, changes in learners, etc. The evaluations must be analyzed and the results used to improve future activities.
Activities must have a formalized method of documenting and tracking participant attendance. The provider must have mechanism in place to record and verify attendance.
SPONSORSHIP (COMERCIAL SUPPORT) Activities with sponsorship or financial assistance (e.g., industry funding) must be appropriately managed to ensure that activities are independent of commercial interest and do not promote the proprietary interests of a commercial entity (this includes activity content, format, choice of speakers, etc.). Advertising of the sponsor’s products/services is not permitted and commercial sponsors may not be present in the same area of the CME activity.

  • 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.