How to obtain CME approval


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Approval

Approved activities attract CPD points. 

The College can approve Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities that represent a quality benchmark for Fellows of the College and ensures that the content of an activity is relevant to the learning needs of surgeons.

cpd-approved-logoFellow attendance contributes to meeting their annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (PDF 834KB) requirements.

Activities with CME approval may include:

  • Conferences
  • Courses and Workshops - clinical and/or non-technical
  • Meetings
  • eLearning
  • Audit

Benefits of CME Approval

  • Free course approval which includes support to education providers
  • Permission to market as 'having been approved in the College's CPD program' to participants
  • Use of the RACS CME Approved logo
  • Promotion of activities on the Approved Education Events listing in the RACS Portfolio
  • Fellow attendance is auto populated to their CPD record
  • The CME Provider Portal will allow you to securely manage your CME applications and approved activities online

How to apply for CME Approval

  1. Go to RACS Provider Portal  (Log on with existing RACS profile OR "Create Account")
  2. Contact with details of your organisation
  3. Complete the "New CME Application"
    • Ensure all fields and appropriate documentation are complete
    • Submit your application

Important information to note:

  • Approval is valid for two years where content is static. Activities with changing content are approved for that activity only.
  • All activity dates must be included in the Portal - additional activity dates can be added throughout the approval period.
  • The provider must upload Fellow attendance information within two weeks of the activity being completed. Failure to upload attendance data may result in approval being discontinued.

Approval process

All applications will be reviewed by RACS to ensure activities meet the required educational standards and criteria, and to verify that the teaching methods, learning aims and outcomes, and evaluation tools  are educationally sound.

The Guide to CME Activities manual (PDF 216KB) assists providers with planning activities and explains the criteria required for approval.


CME Approval Administrator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1282