Obtaining CME/CE/CPD credit

Through your use of UpToDate®, you can obtain CME/CE/CPD credit. This topic describes the types of credit that are available and explains how to obtain credit.

Types of CME/CE/CPD credit that are available

Fulfill MOC CME requirements with UpToDate

Accessing your CME/CE/CPD credit log

Setting or changing your default CME/CE/CPD setting

Completing the learning cycle for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Submitting CME/CE/CPD credits and receiving certificates

Viewing your past CME/CE/CPD submissions

Obtaining duplicate certificates


Types of CME/CE/CPD credit that are available

To view our accreditation statement and a list of the types of credit available, click here.

Users can receive CME/CE/CPD credit as follows:

  • MDs/DOs — For using UpToDate, you earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ that you can apply toward your licensing requirements.
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has approved as ACEP Category I credit. You may earn up to 30 credits of ACEP Category I credit over a three-year period.
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has approved as ACOG cognate credit.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has approved as AAFP Prescribed credit. You may earn 20 Prescribed credits per year using UpToDate.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has approved as AAP credit. You may earn up to 50 AAP credits per year using UpToDate.
  • Physician Assistants — According to AMA policy, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be awarded only to physicians (MDs and DOs). For using UpToDate, you receive a certificate of participation that you can use to document your activity. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts this documentation toward the AAPA Category I CME requirement.
  • Physicians of Osteopathic Medicine — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has approved as AOA Category 2-B credit.
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) — For using UpToDate, you earn AANP contact hours. You can accrue up to 10 minutes of credit per topic per visit, which will result in 0.167 contact hours (minimum certificate award must be at least 15 minutes of learning or 0.25 contact hours).
  • Time-based tracking (ACEM, ACRRM, RACGP, RACP, RANZCOG, RNZCGP) — For using UpToDate, you receive a log of time spent reviewing topics. This usage can be applied toward your country-specific licensing requirements.
  • Austria (DFP) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which is recognized by the Austrian Academy of Physicians of the Austrian Medical Chamber and may be submitted toward DFP e-learning requirements. One credit earned from UpToDate is equal to 1 DFP point.
  • Belgium, National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance – For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which is recognized by the Accrediteringsstuurgroep/Groupe de direction d'accréditation of the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI). You may submit these credits toward your CME/CPD requirements. Each learning cycle accumulates 0.5 credits and there is no limit to the number of UpToDate credits that can be submitted toward requirements.
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) — For using UpToDate, you receive CFPC Mainpro+ Certified Self-Learning Credit that you can apply toward your program requirements. This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 0.5 Mainpro+ Certified Self-Learning Credit per Internet point-of-care learning cycle. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has announced their new credit reporting platform Mainpro+, which will launch on June 27, 2016. With this new program, activity maximums for online activities have been eliminated, including the maximum of 15 Mainpro-M1 credits for UpToDate activities. For more Mainpro+ information and FAQ’s please visit the website: http://www.cfpc.ca/Mainpro+_FAQs/.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ including a detailed activity log. This activity can be applied toward your program requirements for Section 2 (Scanning) of the Royal College Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
  • European Physicians — You can use credits earned from UpToDate toward your specific country requirements. The UEMS-EACCME® and AMA signed an agreement of mutual recognition of CME credits between Europe and the USA whereby European physicians can earn ECMEC®s by completing e-learning programs from accredited providers from the United States that have been certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 1 ECMEC is equivalent to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Click here for a list of countries participating in UEMS-EACCME.
  • Hong Kong College of Physicians – For using UpToDate, you may claim 0.5 points per internet point of care learning cycle activity of Active CME/CPD. A maximum of 60 points per 3-year cycle may be submitted.
  • Ireland (Professional Competence) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which is recognized by the Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies in Ireland and can be recorded as External CPD. Each learning cycle accumulates 0.5 credits.
  • Italy, Age.na.s National ECM Program (National Commission for Continuing Education/National Agency for Regional Health Services) – Credits earned from UpToDate (Foreign Provider) can be used toward ECM requirements and submitted to your college and/or professional organization. UpToDate credits will be recognized at 50% of the credit awarded and will be incorporated into your ECM record. Of the 150 credits clinicians need over a 3-year period, half can come from Foreign Providers such as UpToDate. Please be aware that for your credits to be acknowledged by your college or professional organization, you must submit both your credit certificate and activity log. For more information, refer to the official Age.na.s regulations: http://ape.agenas.it/ecm/normativa.aspx and http://ape.agenas.it/provider/documenti-provider.aspx.
  • Japan Primary Care Association (JPCA) — For using UpToDate, you earn CPD credits which can be applied to the CPD requirements of the Japan Primary Care Association. UpToDate will award. 0.5 credits for each learning cycle completed. It will be up to the participant and the JPCA to make the necessary conversion to 0.2 points.
  • Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS) For using UpToDate, you will receive a credit certificate which can be used to fulfill Category 2 Distance-Learning requirements of the Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization. Participants can earn up to 5 credits per day and use credits earned to meet up to 40% of their Maintenance of Professional Competence (MPC) licensing requirements.
  • Colegio de Medicina Interna de México A.C. (CMIM) — For using UpToDate, you receive a log of time spent reviewing topics (up to 10 minutes per topic per visit) and a certificate, which may be submitted to CMIM during your recertification process.
  • Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Obstetricia y Ginecología, A.C. (FEMECOG) and Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecología y Obstetricia, A.C. (COMEGO) — For using UpToDate, you receive a log of time spent reviewing topics (up to 10 minutes per topic per visit) and a certificate, which may be submitted to FEMECOG or COMEGO during your recertification process.
  • Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) — For using UpToDate, you receive a log of time spent reviewing topics and a certificate, which may be submitted to OMSB as a Category II online activity for 0.5 credit per hour of reading.
  • Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) — For using UpToDate, you earn CPD credits approved by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners. These credits can be applied to your licensure requirements. UpToDate is recognized as a Category 2: Self-directed learning activities: Clinical Practice for 0.5 credits per hour of reading for healthcare professionals provided there is appropriate documentation.
  • Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) — For using UpToDate, you receive a log of time spent reviewing topics and a certificate, which may be submitted to SCFHS to fulfill annual CME requirements. Time spent reading UpToDate may be claimed towards CME on the basis of 1 hour of reading topics equals 1 credit. SCFHS will only accept 10 CME hours per year earned from use of UpToDate by each physician during her/his registration period. When processing your UpToDate CME usage, please group your credits into one certificate to be printed and submitted to SCFHS. Any certificates of less than 1 CME hour will not be accepted by the SCFHS.
  • Singapore Medical Council (SMC) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ including a detailed activity log and CME certificate. This activity can be applied toward your Category 3A (online activity) credit claims.
  • Singapore Pharmacy Council (SPC) — For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ including a detailed activity log and CME certificate. This activity can be applied toward your Category 3A (online activity) credit claims. Pharmacists may submit credit claims earned from UpToDate for up to 35 CPE points per 2-year qualifying period (QP) for their Renewal of Practising Certificates. Please attach the activity log and CME certificate in the submission.
  • Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) — For using UpToDate, you may submit your credits earned the HPCSA's Continuing Professional Development Program. Each UpToDate learning cycle accumulates 0.5 credits and may be recorded as 0.5 Level 2 CEUs in the Individual Activity Record.
  • Turkish Medical Association (TMA) – For using UpToDate, you receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, which is recognized by the Turkish Medical Association and may be submitted toward your CME/CPD personal board certification requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits earned from UpToDate that can be used toward TMA requirements.
  • UAE, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) — For using UpToDate, you earn CPD credit points approved by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). This can be applied to your DHA licensure requirements and may be recognized by other licensing bodies in the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council states, and worldwide.
  • UK, Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) — According to RCGP Guide to the Credit-Based system for CPD time spent reading UpToDate clinical topics can count towards learning credits, as long as learning is demonstrated through a reflective note. Written reflection on learning can be done either as part of the UpToDate evaluation or as part of GPs' CPD recording. GPs are encouraged to try to demonstrate implementation of learning in practice, in which case credits can be doubled.


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Use credits earned from UpToDate to fulfill MOC CME requirements

Clinician can use the time they spend with UpToDate to fulfill continuing professional development requirements including MOC Part II of several ABMS Member Boards.

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Medical Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative (ABMS MOC Directory) to create a wide array of practice-relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, UpToDate has met the requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity, applying exclusively to the general MOC-CME requirement for the following ABMS Member Boards:

MOC Part II CME Activity
American Board of Allergy and Immunology
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
American Board of Family Medicine
American Board of Preventive Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

American Board of Surgery

Credits earned from use of UpToDate may fulfill Part 2 CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery MOC Program.

ABIM is implementing new technology for CME providers like UpToDate to transmit MOC CME credits in a way the ABIM can accept and process. UpToDate is very interested in supporting our subscribers as they work to meet their MOC requirements. We are working to develop software on our end so that UpToDate users can obtain these credits in the future.


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Accessing your CME/CE/CPD credit log

As you use UpToDate®, the system automatically creates a monthly log of your clinical questions and topics viewed. The log reflects the current status of your credits or contact hours.

Mobile apps and desktop installs will accumulate credits, but details of these credits are only available online. To view or redeem your credits, you must log in to your UpToDate account online via a desktop or laptop computer.

To access your CME/CE/CPD credit log, do one of the following:

  • Click CME or CE on the toolbar (depending on your default setting).
  • Click the Access my available UpToDate CME/CE/CPD credit link in My Account.

For AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you will see both completed and potential credits. Completed credits reflect the searches for which you have completed the three-step learning cycle. Potential credits are those that can be fully accrued once you verify the application to practice.


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Setting or changing your default CME/CE/CPD setting

Your default CME/CE/CPD setting determines the type of credit that you receive from UpToDate. The default setting types are:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (AAFP Prescribed Credit, AAP credit, AAPA equivalent credit, ACEP credit, ACOG cognate credit, AOA Category 2-B credit. Austria (DFP), Belgium (NIHDI), Canada (RCPSC), Europe (UEMS), Hong Kong (HKCP), Ireland (Professional Competence), Italy (Age.na.s), Singapore (SMC, SPC), South Africa (HPCSA), Turkey (TMA), UAE-Abu Dhabi (HAAD)
  • CFPC Mainpro+ Certified Self-Learning Credit
  • AANP Nurse Practitioner Contact Hours
  • Physician Assistants and other non-MD/DO clinicians
  • Time-based tracking (ACEM, RACGP, RACP, RANZCOG, RNZCGP)
  • Colegio de Medicina Interna de México. A.C (CMIM)
  • Federación Mexicana de Colegios de Obstetricia y Ginecología, A.C. (FEMECOG) and Colegio Mexicano de Especialistas en Ginecología y Obstetricia, A.C. (COMEGO)
  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA)
  • Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB)
  • Japan Primary Care Association (JPCA)
  • Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)
  • Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS)

Specifying your initial default setting

For online and desktop installs, your initial setting is CME. To change your setting, go online and update your CME setting in the CME section under My Account.

Changing your default setting

For online and desktop installs, go online to change your default CME/CE/CPD setting:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click CME or CE on the toolbar (depending on your current default setting), then click View/Change My Settings in the navigation menu at left.
    • Click My Account on the toolbar, then click the Change my default CME/CE/CPD settings link.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Select the desired default setting.
  4. Click Submit.

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Completing the learning cycle for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

UpToDate® offers Internet Point of Care CME. Physicians conducting structured searches on clinical topics may claim a half (0.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for documented completion (either at the point of care or later) of the three-step learning cycle, which is as follows:

  1. Review the original clinical question.
  2. Identify the relevant sources from those consulted.
  3. Describe the application of findings to practice.

For each month for which you want to earn credit, you must complete the credit log by selecting options that describe the application of your findings to practice. You may view and complete your monthly credit logs at any time, either prior to or during the process of submitting credits.

To complete a monthly log, access your CME/CE/CPD credit log, then do the following:

  1. Click on the name of a month.
  2. Select the appropriate option for each search to indicate how you applied the information to practice.
  3. Click Save.

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Submitting CME/CE/CPD credits and receiving certificates

To receive a certificate, you must submit your credits for processing. See the following for instructions on how to submit your credits:

Submitting UpToDate® online credits

Use the following procedure to submit credits from UpToDate® online:

  1. Access your CME/CE/CPD credit log.
  2. For CME credits — if you have not already done so, you must complete the learning cycle for each month for which you want to submit credits.

    For CE contact hours and time-based tracking — Proceed directly to Step 3.

  3. Click the box in the Submit column for each month that you want to submit.
  4. Click Continue.

    UpToDate prompts you to complete and submit a CME/CE/CPD evaluation.

  5. After you submit the evaluation, review your submission request and click Submit.

    UpToDate displays a confirmation page. If you want to view your certificate immediately in PDF format, click the View/Print Certificate link on the confirmation page.

Submitting UpToDate® desktop computer credits

For desktop computer installs, all credits will be automatically updated to your online account when you have an Internet connection. Login to www.UpToDate.com to access and submit credits.


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Viewing your past CME/CE/CPD submissions (online only)

To view your past CME/CE/CPD submissions, do one of the following:

  • Click CME or CE on the toolbar (depending on your default setting), then click View My Past Submissions in the navigation menu at left.
  • Click My Account on the toolbar, then click the View my past CME/CE/CPD submissions link.

UpToDate displays a page that lists your past submissions.

If you want to view or print your credit log or your certificate for a particular submission, you can do so as follows:

  • To display your credit log for a particular submission, click View/Print in the Log column for that submission. You can use your browser's print facility to print a copy of the log.
  • To display your certificate for a particular submission, click View/Print in the Certificate column for that submission, then click Open in response to the prompt that asks if you want to open or save the file. UpToDate displays the certificate in a PDF file, which allows you to print the certificate or attach the certificate to an e-mail.


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Obtaining duplicate certificates

You can obtain duplicate certificates as follows:

  • For online credit certificates requested after July 1, 2006 View your past submissions to see a list of submissions in order of date processed, with the associated logs and certificates. By clicking the View/Print link for a certificate, you can view a PDF version of the certificate and print a copy.
  • For online credit certificates requested prior to July 1, 2006 View your past submissions to see a list of submissions with the associated logs. Click the View/Print link for the desired log, print a copy, and mail it to us with your request for a duplicate certificate. Your request will be processed in two to three weeks.
  • For desktop computer credit submissions — Contact Customer Service for instructions on how to access your credit logs.


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