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EPHA-CPD

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) is a non-for-profit, voluntary, multidisciplinary association of professionals with varying categories and levels of background and positions at different private, government and non-governmental organizations.
Since its establishment in 1989 EPHA has been implementing national and continental projects/programs for the last 30 years with the aim to promote better health services for the public and uphold professional standards through advocacy, active involvement and networking.
EPHA has successfully implemented various national and international projects including long and short-term trainings, organizing scientific conferences etc. following the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ethiopia’s initiative to ensure the quality and standards of health services in the country.
EPHA is a licensed CPD accreditor licensed by MOH and as provider got license by EMA.

EPHA aims for its members to participate on training and workshops through the Professional Development and Training Directorate (PDTD) over the coming ten years. The main focus of PDTD includes:

  • Foster continuous professional development (CPD) initiative
  • Work on expanding comprehensive family planning service at community level supported by David and Lucile Packard foundation

Mission: to contribute to the national health development for sound policies and practices through mobilization and active engagement of its broad-based membership, networking and partnership, and improved competence of its members to ensure the attainment of high standard of health in Ethiopia.

Vision: to become a vibrant, self-reliant and iconic public health professional society with fully empowered and dynamic membership and authority in the field of public health policies and practices by 2030.

Core value:

  • Integrity,
  • Professional ethics,
  • Innovativeness,
  • Solidarity and complementarity,
  • Inclusiveness,
  • Proactive engagement
  • Societal responsiveness

The EPHA-CPD strategic goals: EPHA has set a 10 year strategic plan and here under are the two goals in regard to CPD: -

Strategic Goal 1: Increased, diversified, competent and fully engaged members

Strategic Goal 3: Established center of excellence for public health globally

Who needs CPD?

All healthcare workers are required to have a continuous professional development activity in order to maintain, update and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes in response to the health service needs of the public. You can read the national CPD guideline for further information.
According to the national CPD guideline those required CEU per professional category are listed in this table:

Register

Maximum number of CEUs per annum

Ethics accounts for the total per annum

Nursing

Nursing Level IV

30

5

Any category of Degree nursing

30

5

Nurse masters and above

30

5

Midwifery

Midwifery Level IV

30

5

Midwifery degree

30

5

Midwifery masters

30

5

Laboratory

Medical laboratory technician level IV

30

5

Medical Laboratory Degree

30

5

Medical laboratory Masters and above

30

5

Pharmacy

Pharmacy technician level IV

30

5

Pharmacy degree

30

5

Pharmacy masters and above

30

5

Doctor of Pharmacy

30

5

Radiology Technology

Medical Radiology technician level IV

30

5

Medical Radiology technology degree

30

5

Medicine

General medical practitioner

30

5

Medical Specialist and sub-specialty

30

5

Dentistry

Dental Therapy/ Dental Hygiene Level III

20

3

Dental Science professional

30

5

Dental Surgeon

30

5

Dental Specialty and sub-specialty

30

5

Eye health professionals

Optometry Degree and above

30

5

Cataract Surgeon Degree

30

5

Ophthalmic Degree

30

5

Ophthalmic Nurse advanced diploma

30

5

Psychiatry

Psychiatry advanced diploma level V

30

5

Psychiatry Degree

30

5

Psychiatry Masters

30

5

Anesthesia

Anesthesiology level V

30

5

Anesthesiology Degree

30

5

Anesthesiology Masters and above

30

5

Medical Technology

Emergency medical technician (Ambulance) level III

15

3

Emergency medical technician (Ambulance) level IV

15

3

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy technician

20

3

Physiotherapy Degree

30

5

Physiotherapy Masters

30

5

Doctor of Physiotherapy

30

5

Prosthetics-Orthotics

Prosthetics-orthotics Level IV

15

3

Prosthetics-orthotics Level V

15

3

Prosthetics-orthotics Degree

20

3

Health Extension

Health Extension Level III

15

3

Health Extension Level IV

20

3

Public Health

Public health nurse diploma

20

3

Public health nurse degree and above

30

5

Public Health officers Degree

30

5

Public health Masters and above

30

5

Environmental Health

Environmental health technician

15

3

Environmental health degree

20

3

Environmental health masters and above

20

3

Environmental and occupational health and safety

20

3

Occupational health and safety degree and above

20

3

Health education and promotion degree and above

20

3

Others

Integrated Emergency Surgical officer masters

30

5

Acupuncture & Tuina Masters

20

3

Clinical Infectious masters

30

5

Chiropractic Medicine

30

5

Family Health Degree

30

5

Speech and language pathology professional

20

3

Hospital autoclave and sterilization technician level III

15

2

Forensic laboratory masters

20

3

Nutrition degree and above

20

3

Clinical histotechnologist degree

15

3

Biomedical equipment technician level III

15

3

Biomedical equipment technician level IV

15

3

Biomedical equipment technician level V

20

3

Health informatics degree and above

15

2

Health information technician level IV

15

2

Massage therapy technician

20

5

Medical equipment maintenance man

15

3

Medical equipment maintenance engineer

15

3

Biomedical engineer

20

3

 

The currently national 2015EFY CPD implementation manual gives more amplification in regard to the integration of CPD to professional as:

  • Starting from 2014 EFY and onwards all CPD related activities should be given only by accredited CPD providers & with accredited courses.
  • Certificates gained are only valid if and only if they are from an accredited CPD provider and with accredited course.
  • All CPD activities should be reported by the accredited CPD provider to the governing body using the standard reporting formats.

Special issues for 2015EFY: from the listed professional categories the 2015EFY CPD implementation manual specifically selected 09 categories. You can find the list of the 09 categories on page 07 & 08 of the 2015 CPD implementation manual.

What is CPD?

In order for health workers to provide quality care and meet their communities’ changing health care needs, they must become lifelong learners dedicated to updating their professional knowledge, skills, values, and practice.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to all activities health professionals undertake formally to maintain, update and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes in response to the health service needs of the public.

CPD is a systematic and ongoing process of education, in-service training, learning, and support activities that build on initial education and training to ensure continuing competence, extend knowledge and skills to new responsibilities or changing roles, and increase personal and professional effectiveness.

Continuing Education unit (CEU): means the value attached to a learning activity for CPD.

  • CEU for a CPD course shall be obtained only if the course received is accredited by Accreditor.
  • For CPD courses or activities received from abroad (online or face to face), credit points shall be considered based on the CPD guideline.
  • Any CEU obtained from CPD courses provided online or face to face outside Ethiopia should get approval from the Ministry.
  • CEU should only be claimed if the activity or the course is relevant to the applicant's practice.
  • Professionals in all health science fields are required to earn the CEU as per the indication per year on the CPD guideline to get a re-licensure, of which 15 CEU should be for Ethics and professionalism within the licensure period.
  • List of activities that qualify CPD and their respective CEUs allocated are shown in the table on the back page.
  • Professional associations may come up with their recommendations on credit point’s requirements for their respective profession.
  • The maximum credit point that can be earned from a single CPD course shall not exceed 15 CEUs.
  • CEU should be earned from a particular course only once within a license period.
  • CEU collected during one budget year cannot be transferred to another year.
  • A trainer shall not be awarded CEU for delivering the same course more than once within the license period.
  • Professionals attending long-term training leading to change in career may not be obliged to fulfill the CEU requirement for that year.
  • A maximum of 6 hours shall be considered for a day CPD learning activity.

CEU allocation for CPD accredited activities according to the national CPD guideline are listed in the table:

 

S.N

Credits(CEU)

Category I

Face to face training

 

  • Trainer

2 CEU per 1hour session

  • Trainee

1 CEU per 1 contact hour

E-learning (enduring materials)

1 CEU per 1 hour of engagement

Ethics

5 CEU per each Ethics training

Category 2

Research (publish a research article in peer review journal) and writing a book on health and health related  areas

 

  • Principal author of a peer reviewed publication or chapter in a book

15 CEU

  • Co-author/ editor of a peer reviewed publication or chapter in a book

5 CEU

  • Review of an article/ chapter in a book/ journal

3 CEU

  • Advice on masters or doctoral thesis(applies to non-routine tasks)

3 CEU Per Thesis

  • External examiner of a Masters and/ or Doctoral thesis

3 CEU Per Thesis

Training modules including e- learning courses developed by Technical Working Group (TWG)

 

  • For each TWG member

5 CEU per module

  • CPD Courses reviewer

2 CEU per 1 CPD course

Scientific Conference

 

  • Oral presentation(abstracts, scientific content

10 CEU per presentation

  • Poster presentation

5 CEU per presentation

  • Attendance

0.25 CEU per 1 hour of attendance

Guest/ occasional lecturer at an accredited institution

3 CEU per lecture

Workshops

 

  • Delivering presentation/workshops

2 CEU per 1hour session

  • Attendance

0.5 CEU per 1 hour of attendance

Moderating panel discussion

0.5 CEU per 1hr of engagement

Brief communication (Knowledge Sharing)

1 CEU per session

Structured Health Education session

1 CEU/ session

Educational visit (applicable when evidence generated)

2 CEU per visit

Case management sessions/Grand- round (with a maximum of six meetings per year.)

 

  • Delivering

2 CEU per session

  • Attendance

0.5 CEU per attendance

Case report

 

  • Developing/Publish

5 CEU per case

  • Presenting

2 CEU per case

EPHA-CPD as Accreditor

EPHA is one of the 35 CPD accreditors in Ethiopia. EPHA got its accreditor license from MOH in October 2021G.C. Currently a total of 09 (Nine) CPD providers got their provider license from EPHA this included:

  • Ethiopian Midwives Association
  • ALERT ISTC
  • Adama Medical College IST center
  • Addis Continental Institute of Public Health-Addis Ababa branch
  • Addis Continental Institute of Public Health- Bahir dar Branch
  • Ethiopian Medical Association
  • International Institute for PHC- Ethiopia
  • Maxbridge Educational & development S.C
  • Arsho medical Laboratories PLC

EPHA accredited 08 CPD courses sent from CPD providers. This includes:

  • Respectful Maternity Care Training
  • Management Of Hypertensive Disorder Of Pregnancy Training
  • Management Of Postpartum Hemorrhage Training
  • Essential Newborn Care And Neonatal Resuscitation Training
  • Monitoring And Evaluation Of Population, Health And Nutrition Training
  • Prevention And Management Of Pre-Term Labor And Birth Training
  • Management And Prevention Of Maternal Sepsis Training
  • Primary Health Care Service Delivery Training

About EPHA-CPD

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) is a non-for-profit, voluntary, multidisciplinary association of professionals with varying categories and levels of background and positions at different private, government and non-governmental organizations.

Since its establishment in 1989 EPHA has been implementing national and continental projects/programs for the last 30 years with the aim to promote better health services for the public and uphold professional standards through advocacy, active involvement and networking.

 EPHA has successfully implemented various national and international projects including long and short-term trainings, organizing scientific conferences etc. following the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ethiopia’s initiative to ensure the quality and standards of health services in the country.

EPHA is a licensed CPD accreditor licensed by MOH and as provider got license by EMA.

EPHA aims for its members to participate on training and workshops through the Professional Development and Training Directorate (PDTD) over the coming ten years. The main focus of PDTD includes:

  • Foster continuous professional development (CPD) initiative
  • Work on expanding comprehensive family planning service at community level supported by David and Lucile Packard foundation

Mission: to contribute to the national health development for sound policies and practices through mobilization and active engagement of its broad-based membership, networking and partnership, and improved competence of its members to ensure the attainment of high standard of health in Ethiopia.

Vision: to become a vibrant, self-reliant and iconic public health professional society with fully empowered and dynamic membership and authority in the field of public health policies and practices by 2030.

Core value:

  • Integrity,
  • Professional ethics,
  • Innovativeness,
  • Solidarity and complementarity,
  • Inclusiveness,
  • Proactive engagement
  • Societal responsiveness

The EPHA-CPD strategic goals: EPHA has set a 10-year strategic plan and here under are the two goals in regard to CPD: -

Strategic Goal 1: Increased, diversified, competent and fully engaged members

Strategic Goal 3: Established center of excellence for public health globally

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