CE Activity Considerations


Continuing education (CE) consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that the healthcare team uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.

Planning starts with identifying your target audience and an existing practice gap or gaps they face.  The educational needs you identify as necessary to address the gap(s) will help you develop the activity learning objectives and related changes you expect to see in learners’ skills/strategy, performance, or patient outcomes as a result of the activity. The needs assessment and content of the activity must to be planned by members representative of the target audience (e.g. A physician must be part of the planning committee for an activity with a physician target audience, a nurse and a physician must be part of the planning committee for an activity with nurses and physicians in the target audience).

To be eligible for CE certification, activities must be developed in compliance with the Joint Accreditation criteria, including:

    • The content of the activity must address the educational needs (knowledge, skills, or performance) that underlie the practice gaps of the healthcare team and/or the individual members of the healthcare team.
    • The activity must be designed to change the skills or performance of the healthcare team or patient outcomes.
    • The content of the activity must be evidence-based, valid, and match the healthcare team’s current or potential scope of professional activities.
    • The educational format of the activity must be appropriate for the setting, objectives, and desired results of the activity.
      • View CE Educational Formats to explore various educational formats and when to use them and/or to confirm that the educational formats in consideration for your activity are appropriate.
    • The activity must be developed in the context of desirable attributes of the healthcare team.
    • The activity must be independent of commercial interests and the content free from promotion and commercial bias, as required by the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.
    • The activity must be evaluated to analyze the changes in the target audience’s skills, performance, or patient outcomes as a result of the activity.

As part of the planning process, the OCPD Needs Assessment and Educational Planning Tool (provided once a Request for Activity Certification has been submitted and approved) will ask for detailed information in order to confirm that the activity is planned, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with accreditation criteria.

IMPORTANT: If your activity has already been fully developed, planned, agenda finalized and/or promotional information has already been distributed, the activity is not eligible for certificaiton by OCPD. OCPD will be integrally involved in the design and development of all educational activities that it certifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. An OCPD Educational Team will work with you to develop your CME activity. Your Ed Team will be in contact with you throughout the process to ensure that your CME activity is fully compliant with all applicable requirements.



OCPD has a diverse portfolio of certified activities spanning each calendar year. Contacting us with less time than suggested below puts extra constraints on our, and your, ability to effectively support a compliant and successful activity. OCPD cannot guarantee the ability to accommodate your activity if you reach out to us without adequate time for planning.

For activity certification or activity certification plus registration, contact OCPD at least 6 months prior to the date of your activity. If your activity is less than 6 months away, OCPD may still be able to work with you but don’t delay in completing the Request for Activity Certification.


Roles and Responsibilities

Course Director and Planning Committee Member roles and responsibilities help ensure planning team members are aware of the role they play in developing a successful educational activity.