This policy provides guidance for when The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) is asked to review and endorse documents, resources, guidelines, events and Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities by external organisations.
This policy provides guidance for when the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) is asked to review and endorse documents, resources, guidelines, events and Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities by external organisations.
3.0 General Policy
- 3.1: Endorsement in a general sense refers to when the College gives approval or support to an external organisation, document, resource, service, event or CME activities. The College has different categories of endorsement with varying criteria and conditions.
- 3.2: Organisations wishing to secure College Endorsement will need to provide the College with appropriate supporting information to allow assessment against the relevant endorsement criteria.
- 3.3The College will complete an assessment and notify the organisation whether a College Endorsement is granted. If granted a letter setting out the terms and conditions of the endorsement will be provided.
- 3.4 College Endorsement is entirely at the discretion of the College, and the College reserves the right to decline a request for endorsement. The College is not required to provide reason or explanation for why an endorsement request has been declined. However, it may be as a resource or activity is considered not useful for general practice, clinically unsuitable, orotherwise inappropriate.
- 3.5: College Endorsement maybe inappropriate where it does not align with College principles, may relate to an activity that is considered individually by members along ‘conscious’ lines, or conflicts with current guidelines, policies or positions.
- 3.6College Endorsement is only approved for the specific purpose requested and is valid for a limited time from the date of receiving the endorsement. The specific timeframe for the endorsement will be provided on approval of endorsement.
- 3.7The College has specific criteria and processes for the endorsement of continuing medical education (CME) activities including resuscitation skills courses and clinical audit (CME endorsement) and for endorsing clinical resources and guidelines. These supplement the general requirements contained in this policy
- 3.8: As a condition of endorsement, the College reserves the right to require the inclusion of a disclaimer, as well as the display of any conditions placed on the endorsement.
- 3.9: Some types of endorsement can be granted use of a College logo or similar, such approval will be provided in writing and subject to terms and conditions.
- 3.10: Where the College becomes aware of any circumstances that give rise to a breach of the endorsement terms and conditions, the College will review the suitability of endorsement and decide whether to continue, vary, or terminate the agreement to endorse.