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EASD e-Learning wins ‘whole-platform’ accreditation

20th July 2023

The EASD’s entire e-Learning platform has been accredited for continuing professional development (CPD) by the UK’s Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCP). 

Whole-platform accreditation, encompassing all 85 modules currently on the platform – approximately 125 hours of learning in total – means that learners who successfully complete any EASD e-Learning modules will earn formally accredited CPD points.

Making the announcement, EASD President Professor Chantal Mathieu said: “I have great pride in announcing that our e-Learning platform now has – for all of the modules on the platform – site-wide accreditation by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, a very prestigious entity providing accreditation. So do join us for more learning on diabetes and everything related to diabetes, going from prevention to obesity to complications, and the right therapies for people living with diabetes.”

The announcement coincides with the fifth anniversary of the e-Learning platform’s launch. 

RCP accreditation follows an independent validation of quality of the platform’s content, judged against standards set by the RCP. Commenting on the announcement, the RCP’s CPD Medical Director, Dr Adrian Jennings, said: “The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians welcomes the addition of EASD e-Learning to the digital learning resources approved by the Federation.” He added that: “The Federation and the Colleges themselves have a long history of promoting high standards in continuing professional development.”

The RCP represents a global community of over 50,000 members and fellows in more than 80 countries, spanning every career stage. RCP accreditation of the whole EASD e-Learning platform means that members of the entire healthcare professional diabetes team, from all around the world, can be confident that the platform has been independently assessed to ensure a consistent and high-quality educational resource. 

EASD e-Learning Programme Director Dr Eleanor Kennedy commented: “This is a huge step forward for our platform. User feedback consistently highlights significant demand for formal CPD accreditation of our courses. RCP whole-platform accreditation is a mark of quality assurance that associates educational activities with professionalism, expertise and commitment to the highest possible standards of clinical practice.” 

Dr Kennedy also paid tribute to the assistance the platform has received from its authors, expert reviewers and assessment setters – and many of the EASD’s study groups. “This achievement reflects an enormous amount of hard work and dedication from our expert supporters, who have enabled us to ensure that the courses we provide attain the level of quality required by accrediting bodies such as the RCP.”