Recertification for doctors on a vocational scope of practice

If you hold a vocational scope you must participate in the recertification programme offered by the medical college responsible for your area of vocational practice.

Recertification programme providers – in most cases in New Zealand these are the specialist medical colleges – develop, manage and administer recertification programmes for each vocational area of medicine. The Medical Council sets the requirements for these programmes and accredits them against the relevant standards.

Recertification programmes support doctors to maintain their competence, take responsibility for their performance and to stay current in their practice. If you hold a vocational registration you must participate in and satisfy all the requirements of the recertification programme offered by the medical college responsible for your area of vocational practice.

If you are registered and working in more than one vocational scope of practice, check with your respective colleges on what you are required to do.

Strengthened recertification requirements

The Medical Council has undertaken work to strengthen recertification requirements for vocationally registered doctors in New Zealand. The requirements build on existing systems and put emphasis on recertification activities that relate to the actual work doctors do and that are most likely to improve practice.

Accredited recertification programme providers are expected to work towards these requirements, with implementation by 1 July 2022.

For more information about the specific recertification programme requirement for each vocational scope, please select the branch of medicine applicable to you.

Anaesthesia

New Zealand National Committee, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
(continuing professional development)
www.anzca.org.nz

Cardiothoracic surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Cardiothoracic Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Clinical genetics

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Dermatology

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

or

New Zealand Dermatological Society
(continuing professional development)
www.nzdsi.org.nz

Diagnostic and interventional radiology

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcr.edu.au

Emergency medicine

New Zealand Faculty, Australian College for Emergency Medicine
(continuing professional development)
https://acem.org.au/Content-Sources/Members/CPD.aspx

Family planning/reproductive health

Family Planning
www.familyplanning.org.nz

General practice

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
(continuing professional development/maintenance of professional standards)
www.rnzcgp.org.nz

General surgery

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Intensive care medicine

College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
(maintenance of professional standards)
www.cicm.org.au

Internal medicine

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Medical administration

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
(continuing education programme)
racma.edu.au

Musculoskeletal medicine

New Zealand Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine
(continuing education programme)
www.nzamm.org.nz/

Neurosurgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Obstetrics and gynaecology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcog.edu.au

Occupational medicine

Australasian Faculty of Occupational and environmental Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au/page/racp-faculties/australasian-faculty-of-occupational-and-environmental-medicine

Ophthalmology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzco.edu

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
(continuing professional development)
www.racds.org

Orthopaedic surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Orthopaedic Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

or

New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
(continuing professional development)

www.nzoa.org.nz

Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Paediatric surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Paediatric Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Paediatrics

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Paediatrics
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Pain medicine

New Zealand National Committee, Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

www.anzca.org.nz  or http://fpm.anzca.edu.au

Palliative medicine

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Palliatve Care
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.org.nz

Pathology

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
(continuing education/continual professional development)
www.rcpa.edu.au

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Psychiatry

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
(continuing medical education/continuing professional development)
www.ranzcp.org

Public health medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

or

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
(continuing professional development)
www.nzcphm.org.nz

Radiation oncology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
(continuing professional development)
www.ranzcr.edu.au

Rehabilitation medicine

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

Rural hospital medicine

Division of Rural Hospital Medicine New Zealand, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
(recertification)
www.rnzcgp.org.nz

Sexual health medicine

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.racp.edu.au

Sport and exercise medicine

Sport and Exercise Physicians
(continuing professional development)
www.acsep.org.au

Urgent care

Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care
(recertification programme)
www.rnzcuc.org.nz

Note: this was previously known as Accident & Medical Practice

Urology

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Urology
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org

Vascular surgery

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Vascular Surgery
(continuing professional development)
www.surgeons.org