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Category 1 - Formal Group Learning

*Specifically related to Lab Medicine and accredited by CACB, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, or AACC (ACCENT)

1 Credit / hr
Min 25/Max 100


  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Accredited Medical Grand Rounds related to laboratory medicine
  • CSCC Education Roundtables
  • IFCC Webinars

Documentation Required

  • CSCC or AACC meetings: certificate
  • Other meetings:
    • Certificate of attendance stating the number of hours and the accrediting body
    • Registration and program schedule (signed and dated by participant with attended events indicated)
  • CSCC Education Roundtable: password

In the absence of a formal certificate, most national and international meetings should qualify if they have one or more of the following:

  • Accreditation by a recognized body
  • Relevant to laboratory medicine and professional practice; the context is neither too clinical nor basic biomedical research (i.e. not directly applicable to practice)
  • The content level is directed towards laboratory professionals (scientists and physicians)
  • A program stating the dates and times, speakers, titles, learning objectives of the sessions is provided

The committee will use judgment and may request additional supporting documentation if submitted documents are deemed inadequate

Category 2 - Other Formal Group Learning

*Not specifically related to Lab Medicine or formal group learning related to lab medicine not accredited as per Category 1.

1 Credit / hr
Max 50


  • Rounds
  • Departmental seminars
  • Symposia
  • Satellite events within major conferences
  • Journal clubs
  • Courses
  • Industry sponsored workshops
  • Regional clinical chemistry meetings
  • Programs accredited by P.A.C.E.

Documentation Required
One of the following:

  • Certificate of attendance
  • Meeting announcement (signed and dated by participant)
  • Meeting minutes (indicating presence)

Category 3 - Self-directed Learning

1 Credit / hr
Max 50


  • Journal/textbook reading
  • Viewing online presentations
  • Self-assessment modules (eg. AACC, ASCP)
  • Archived CSCC Education Roundtables
  • Archived P.A.C.E. programs

Not included:

  • Literature searches
  • Email discussion groups

Documentation Required

  • Date and time spent
  • List titles and references of journal articles
  • List online presentations viewed
  • Password (teleconferences)

Category 4 - Inactive

Category 5 - Service-associated Learning

1 Credit / 3 hrs
Max 50

(5 per Committee)

Service Examples

  • Membership on a Board, Council, or committee of scientific association, hospital or hospital department
  • Examiner for recognized certification or accreditation body
  • Journal reviewer or Editorial Board member

    Documentation Required

    • Date and time spent
    • Letter/email of acknowledgement or invitation to join
    • Meeting minutes indicating presence

    Category 6 - Teaching in Laboratory Medicine

    2 Credits / hr
    Max 50


    • Teaching of students at university/college level
    • Formal group instruction for lab technologists
    • Workplace safety training

    Documentation Required

    • Course schedule, including participant's name and lecture titles
    • Letter/email of acknowledgement from course organizer

    Category 7 - Change in Practice

    1 Credit / hr
    Max 75

    (5 Per Case)


    Time spent developing a new process eg.
    • New lab test
    • Revised reporting format
    • Updating teaching curriculum

    Time spent implementing the process is not eligible as this would be considered part of a biochemist's regular duties. This includes staff training, information dissemination and administration.

    Documentation Required

    • Description of the stimulus and the learning activities
    • Description of the process outcomes
    • List of major references

    Category 8 - Publications and Presentations

    5 Credits / item
    Max 50


    • Articles in scientific journals
    • Posters or oral presentations
    • Submissions to publications indirectly related to lab medicine eg. hospital newsletters

    Documentation Required

    •  Copy of abstract/title from meeting handbook
    • Copy of front page of article

    Category 9 - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Fellows only

    50 Credits / year (fixed)
    Max 150

    Physicians who have a certificate of credits from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and who wish to use the certificate to serve both RCPSC and CACB may use this category.  If Category 9 is used to submit credits, credits should not be entered into any other category.  A Category 9 submission is equivalent to 50 creidts (fixed).  The annual certificate from the RCPSC is your supporting documentation. 

    Only one submission may be made each year.

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