Islamabad - Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has directed all doctors to provide certificate of continuing medical/dental education (CME /CDE) at the time of their renewal with PM&DC to standardise medical and dental profession for the renewal of licence to practice.

“Licence to practice be given only to those medical/dental practitioners /specialists who have completed at least 5 credit hours/year (for GPs) and 10 credit hours/year (for specialists) of training of CME,” it said.

Continuing medical /dental education (CME & CDE) is essential for doctors/ specialists to maintain their skills up to date with changes and advances in medical/dental research and integrate these developments into practice. There is a clear trend towards mandatory CPD requirements throughout the world associated with revalidation of registration certificates with their Councils.

Deputy Registrar Dr Shaista Faisal, deputy registrar of PMDC, said renewal of PM&DC registration will not be considered without certificate of CME after implementation of CME/ CDE guidelines available at PM&DC website. She added doctors are given six months amnesty time till 30-06-2015 to complete their CME/CDE credit hours. If a doctor provides less than five years of credit hours (twenty five credit hours for general practitioners and fifty credit hours for specialists) his/ her registration will be renewed in equation to the CME/CDE credit hours provided.