Claiming CME points
Reading an article on bpac.org.nz is endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) as
a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. Every hour spent reading articles earns one Continuing Medical
Education (CME) credit. General Practitioners can enter a record of activity to the Te Whanake CPD programme available from your dashboard.
All readers, not just general practitioners, are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt from reading an article
and may also find that it can count as a professional development activity with their own professional association,
e.g. Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc, Nursing Council of New Zealand; check with your professional authorities
regarding allocation of CPD credits.
Quizzes are endorsed by the RNZCGP for allocation of CPD credits and equate to one hour of Continuing Medical Education
(CME) activity for General Practitioners (this does not include the time spent reading the articles that
the quiz relates to, which can be claimed separately – see above). Details are automatically collected and sent to the
RNZCGP for allocation of credits after completing a quiz. The CPD online dashboard is updated periodically, so there
will be a delay between completing a quiz and your CME points "showing up". An indicator at the top of the review page on a quiz will show whether
the RNZCGP has been notified.
Quizzes are also approved for the Inpractice recertificate programme, and auto-record into your e-portfolio.
Quizzes may be completed by any “My bpac” user. If you are completing the quiz as a professional development activity
for any other programme, you will have to submit evidence of your completed quiz to your appropriate authority manually.
After completing a quiz you have the option of emailing or printing yourself a certificate as proof of completion.
All clinical audits produced by bpacnz are endorsed by the RNZCGP for CPD purposes for General Practitioners and can be claimed towards the Patient Outcomes (Measuring and Improving Outcomes) learning category of the Te Whanake CPD programme, on a credit per learning hour basis.
General practitioners are also encouraged to discuss the outcomes of the audit with their peer group or practice.
To claim credits for CPD, select the audit you wish to complete, click the pdf icons or the cover image to view and
print a copy. Follow the instructions in the audit to complete the activity and claim credits via your dashboard
on the RNZCGP website: www.rnzcgp.org.nz
The RNZCGP encourages that evidence of participation in the audit be attached to your recorded activity. Evidence can include:
- A summary of the data collected
- An Audit of Medical Practice (CQI) Activity summary sheet (included with bpacnz audits as Appendix 1 or available
on the RNZCGP website).
Audits are also approved for the Inpractice recertification programme and can be entered under the audit section of
the CPD summary section on the Inpractice website (www.inpractice.org.nz). A copy of the audit data and a summary can
be uploaded to the website.
Peer group discussions
Peer group discussion sheets are available on our website and aim to provide discussion points for use within your