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Opportunities for Continuing Education Credit

 photo of pharmacist in the back area of a pharmacy, adding a liquid to the contents of a small glass bottle with an eye dropperFDA recognizes that keeping up with practice is crucial for our physicians, pharmacists, nurses, veterinarians, and other scientific professionals, who are often required to attend accredited learning activities to maintain licensure. 
 

Furthermore, FDA requires scientists to be current with changes in practice to inform our scientific, review, and policy activities, and how we assess risk and benefit. 

Continuing Education for Physicians, Nurses, and Pharmacists

 
FDA provides Agency-wide, high-quality, innovative continuing education programs to our physicians, nurses, and pharmacists by supporting and sustaining their scientific expertise and professional development. FDA’s continuing education program has built a lifelong learning infrastructure that buttresses and strengthens the integrated scientific foundation of our regulatory mission.
 
FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER ) Continuing Education Program  has been approved to provide:
 
  • continuing medical education (CME)
  • continuing nursing education (CNE), and
  • continuing pharmacy education (CPE)

by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Maryland Nurses Association, which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

 
A number of courses and lectures given on the White Oak campus, like the University of Maryland CERSI Lecture Series and the MCMi Lecture series offer CE credits.
 
To ensure that our licensed scientists have easy access to relevant courses, FDA has been expanding our continuing education (CE) opportunities with external partners both online and on campus. An important goal of FDA’s growing academic collaborations is to support our staff's continuing education needs. 
 
FDA maintains a staff Scientific Professional Development Calendar that features a comprehensive list of upcoming events, noting those with CE credit. 
 
Events offered by FDA’s external partners include CMEs provided by the National Institutes of Health and the complete offerings of hospitals affiliated with FDA's Georgetown University CERSI.  
 
Examples are the Washington Hospital Center’s conferences and the Montgomery Medical Center Grand Rounds, which are held close to FDA’s White Oak campus and open to FDA staff. Also available to FDA scientists are online courses with CE credit through partnerships with the FDA Biosciences Library, CDC, and NIH. 
 
 

Continuing Education for Veterinarians

 
 
Continuing Veterinary Medical Education (CVME) is provided by the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for educational events that FDA sponsors. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) also has numerous educational programs that offer CVME.
 
 

FDA’s International Association for Continuing Education and Training Programs

 
 
The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) have also been accredited as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). 
 
By obtaining this approval, CBER and ORA have demonstrated that their programs comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as the standard of good practice.