Credit Point System
The following accreditation system is intended for
health care providers.
Participation in CPD activities will be linked to a credit point
system. Credit points will be accumulated on the basis of 3-5-years cycle.
In order to maintain consistency in the uptake of CPD activities,
all health care providers including medical and dental practitioners, nurses,
pharmacists and allied health will be expected to acquire minimum credit
points within each year of the 3-5 year cycle in the relevant discipline as
shown in Table 1.
However, within the three to five-year cycle all health care
providers will then be expected to acquire the minimum 60-200 credit points
in the relevant discipline according to their specialty e.g. dietitians, nurses,
nutritionist, doctors etc…
Upon acquisition of the stipulated credit points for the determined
cycle, a certificate of satisfactory completion of CPD activities will be
awarded to the participants.
The Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) fully supports and
recognizes the participation of practitioners in accredited CPD activities in
order to promote and maintain the highest standards of health care to patients
and the community at large.
CPD will be one of the criteria considered when:
- Applying for promotion and career development
- Renewal of Contract (non-Omanis)
- Applying for participation in International
Conferences and Courses
Postgraduate candidates are exempted
from the credit point systems.
Categorization of CPD activities
A number of factors influence the decision to categorize any CPD
activity and to determine the amount of credit allotted to it. These factors
- Type of CPD provider
- Extent to which the activity is structured
- Organizational resources required for planning and
conducting the program
- Degree of involvement of the participants in the
- Choice of scheduling and the venue
On average, activities considered as Category I activities allow the
participants to claim 1 credit point for every hour of participation, while
Category II events give 0.5 point for the same period. Some events in either
group receive different credit ratings.