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General scope doctors

Doctors registered in a general scope only.

If you hold both a general and a vocational scope read this page.

Since April 2012, General Scope doctors, except those working in PGY2, applying for their practising certificate will be required to comply with the recertification requirements outlined below.

Requirements from April 2012

Doctors, except for those in PGY2, who are registered in only a general scope of practice are required to either participate in the approved recertification programme called Inpractice (and administered by bpacnz) or participate in an approved recertification programme for Medical Officers employed by DHBs and participating in the CPD programme of the ANZCA or the RACP.

Download the CPD8 form

There are 4 exceptions:

  1. Doctors who are participating in a Council accredited vocational training programme.
  2. Doctors who have their scope limited to non-clinical practice, and whose practice is assessed as ‘low risk of harm’.
  3. Doctors who are also registered in a vocational scope of practice.
  4. Doctors in PGY2 with an endorsement on their practising certificate.

Exception 1 - Doctors who are participating in a Council accredited vocational training programme

  • You are not required to participate in the Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz, your training programme satisfies the recertification and CPD requirements.

Exception 2 - Doctors who have their scope limited to non-clinical practice – ‘low risk’

Council’s Medical Advisor will review all requests for a practising certificate for non-clinical practice. If their practice is assessed as non-clinical the Medical Advisor will review the level of potential risk of harm that the doctor’s practice might pose. If the non-clinical practice is assessed as ‘low risk’:

  • You are not required to participate in the Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz, but you must have a collegial relationship or CPD associate. Read more about collegial relationships

If Council’s Medical Advisor assesses potential risk of harm as being medium or high then you are required to participate in the Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz.

Exception 3 - Doctors who are also registered in a vocational scope of practice

  • For your vocational scope: - participation in an accredited vocational recertification programme is required. Read more about recertification programmes
  • For your general scope: - you are not required to participate in the Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz, but you must have a collegial relationship for the area of medicine in which you are working under your general scope. Read more about collegial relationship

Exception 4 – Doctors in PGY2 with an endorsement on their practising certificate

  • You are not required to participate in in the Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz but you must establish an acceptable professional development plan (PDP) to be completed during PGY2 and you must work in Council accredited clinical attachments.

Medical Officers employed solely by a DHB.

Your recertification requirements are:

If you are permanently employed as a Medical Officer and employed solely in a public hospital, and are participating in either the ANZCA or the RACP accredited recertification programmes in which you were enrolled prior to 14 March 2012, and are undertaking both credentialling and professional development reviews annually, overseen by the Chief Medical Officer, these processes – taken together – will also satisfy the Council’s recertification requirements.

You will not be required to enrol in the approved Inpractice recertification programme provided by bpacnz while you continue to satisfy these requirements. If you meet this criteria you will need to provide the necessary details with your application for a practicing certificate, including evidence of your participation in the ANZCA or RACP recertification programme and a Verification of recertification requirements form (CPD9) signed by the CMO of your DHB.

Download CPD9 form.

Again, please note that this exception only applies to those who were enrolled in the approved accredited recertification programmes prior to 14 March 2012.

All general scope doctors

If you do not qualify under the specific Medical Officer requirements or one of the exceptions above:
You must participate in the new recertification programme for general scope doctors. bpacnz has been contracted by the Medical Council to administer this programme, it is called 'Inpractice'. This programme includes maintaining a collegial relationship, monitored by bpacnzRead more about the programme on the Inpractice website

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