Criteria for the awarding of CPD hours by the EAC
The European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) is committed to facilitating and promoting CPD among its members. In order to maintain high levels of postgraduate development, it will award CPD credits to seminars, conferences and other learning which it considers are of a standard to merit formal recognition. CPD credits normally do not contribute towards formal postgraduate academic degree awards. However, they may lead to certification that enables, for example, continued registration or membership with a professional body.
As it relates to the EAC, one CPD credit will equate to one hour of approved learning or skills-based activity. Half points, representing 30 minutes of learning or skills-based activity may also be awarded.
Postgraduate activities for which CPD credits have been awarded shall qualify for promotion via the ECU website. Only those activities which the Educational Development Director has formally approved will qualify for online promotion. This includes those activities organised by CCE-I accredited chiropractic educational institutions, ECU member National Associations and other dedicated postgraduate CPD organisations. Awarding of credits for postgraduate activities organised by the above bodies will not be unreasonably withheld.
Seminars and conferences
The approval by the Educational Development Director of taught seminar and conference content for the purposes of CPD accreditation shall be guided by compliance with one or more of the following criteria:
- Consistency with a biopsychosocial model of care as required within CCEI-accredited educational institutions
- Adherence to the principles of evidence-based care
- A clear relationship to health promotion or public health matters
- Content that is patient-centred and in patients’ best interests
- Content that is within the scope of chiropractic care
The EAC shall not unreasonably withhold accreditation of postgraduate activities unless it is felt that that the content may be contrary to accepted standards of professional chiropractic practice. This may include the promotion of practice styles or methods that have been found not to be in patients’ best interests or that are clearly unethical.
Seminars and events relating to practice management may be approved for CPD credits where it may be shown that a chiropractor’s knowledge and skills may be developed such that patient care may be enhanced. Seminars and events with a predomination of practice building or claims without scientific and/or some peer reviewed appropriately designed evidence may not be approved for CPD credits.
Attendance at non-chiropractic health seminars and conferences
The EAC recognises that chiropractors may wish to attend postgraduate educational events organised by non-chiropractic health professional organisations. Where these have been approved for CPD by a recognised academic body, approval for EAC CPD credits will not be unreasonably withheld.
The EAC recognises that online learning provides opportunities for CPD in the form of reading of papers or abstracts or by undertaking designated online learning programmes of study (e-learning modules, such as the GEN-C).
Credits may be awarded in accordance with estimated hours of online reading or study. In respect of e-learning, CPD credits may be awarded for approved programmes which include a final assessment of learning.
Self-study and other CPD activity
In addition to formal learning activities such as seminars and conferences (i.e. learning with others), the EAC also recognises that CPD can take other forms, including self-study. The EAC will therefore also recognise for the purposes of CPD the following activities:
- Reading of professional, academic and scientific journals (up to 15 CPD hours per year)
- Attendance as a participant in national or international professional committees
- Peer observation or review. This may include formal observation of professional colleagues, small group professional discussions, peer review for the purposes of audit or GEP or observing other healthcare professionals