Originally published in CAP TODAY
Inspectors who participate in inspections between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008 will qualify for CE credit only.
Participation in laboratory inspections is of great
educational value to inspectors, laboratories, and the laboratory personnel
inspected. However, because of changes in ACCME and AMA requirements for
continuing medical education, the CAP will phase out awarding CME credit
to inspectors. Inspectors who participated in inspections through Dec.
31, 2007 will be eligible for both CME and CE.
A final decision regarding the awarding of CE credit
after Dec. 31, 2008 is pending.
As an alternative to credit for inspections, the CAP
will recognize for CME/CE credit learning activities focused on the education
inspectors gain by reviewing the checklists and the Laboratory Accreditation
Manual when preparing for an inspection. The new courses, which will be
available in January, incorporate inspection preparation activities that
inspectors perform routinely as part of inspection preparation, such as
reviewing the manual, so that additional time commitments are kept to
a minimum. The learning activities qualify for CME and CE credit commensurate
with time spent on the education activity.
Visit www.cap.org for more information on these and
other accreditation-related educational activities. Click on the Education
Programs tab; then choose Laboratory Accreditation Program Education Activities.