Changes to CPD policy April 2019

The CPD Advisers Committee reviewed the CPD policy in 2018. The following changes have been approved by the FPH Board and will come into effect on 1 April 2019:

  • There is no longer a separate policy for practitioners. Instead all information relating to them has been incorporated into the main policy. The same standards apply to both specialists and practitioners – the only difference is the number of credits they need and how the credits need to relate to their personal development plan (PDP)

  • Information and links around revalidation have been updated

  • Under 4.2 (categories of CPD), ‘Conferences, workshops and educational meetings’ has now been split into two (conferences is a separate item)

  • From 1 April 2019 all members must enter their PDPs into the online CPD diary

  • Links to the new GMC guidance on reflective practice have been added

  • The audit sample size is now 10% (instead of 20% non-random+ 2% random selection). They will be randomly selected from a list of those who are undertaking public health CPD through the FPH scheme

  • The audit timeline flowchart has been updated

  • 7.10 (Sanctions that FPH will apply in case of an unsatisfactory audit) has been further clarified and updated including:

If the audit doesn’t meet the required standard in year 1 of membership, the assessment is ‘requires improvement’. In subsequent years it is ‘unsatisfactory’


From 1 April 2019 regional CPD Advisers will be given the names of unsatisfactory auditees in their regions)


  • 7.11 (Appeals mechanism) has been updated in line with updated FPH Exams appeals policy

  • The section on exemptions has been moved to the back of the policy

  • The web links under ‘References’ have been updated

  • Original appendix 1 (Core Principles for Continuing Professional Development by AoMRC) has been removed

  • The ‘Guidance for CPD Participants Submitting an Appeal’ has been removed from the CPD appeals policy. It is now a separate document.

  • Original appendix 6 (Audit Checklist Form for CPD Returns) has been removed

  • Original appendix 7 (Key Changes to the CPD Policy) has been removed

To download the new CPD policy click here.