Guidelines for the CPD diary

Find out more about how the CPD diary works.

CPD diary cycle

The CPD diary runs on an annual cycle, from 1 April to 31 March each year. At the end of each CPD year, you can print or export a PDF of the annual CPD appraisal report certificate detailing your CPD credits. This can be presented at your annual appraisal to demonstrate completion of required CPD.

All physicians who are registered to use the online CPD diary scheme are required to complete a minimum of 50 CPD credits per year.

CPD credits

All physicians who are registered to use the online CPD diary scheme are required to complete a minimum of 50 CPD credits per year (one CPD credit is awarded for each hour of CPD completed). Within this minimum requirement, 25 credits must be external, and up to 10 can be personal credits.

Find out more

The 'CPD diary guidelines' document, downloadable below, provides information on:

  • how the CPD diary works (including annual credit and audit requirements)
  • participation
  • eligibility
  • how to record CPD activities
  • the audit of CPD records
  • regulations
  • the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ 10 principles of CPD.

You can also read our step-by-step CPD diary user guide and latest CPD newsletter.

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