Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Professional Competence Affairs

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a holistic multidimensional approach to lifelong learning. It consists of a broad spectrum of continued learning, which does not end upon graduation or training but continues throughout one’s professional career. It is a process that encourages health care professionals (HCP) to pursue high standards of medical education and training tailored to their scope of practice based on their professional needs and competencies.


Support health care professionals in Oman to deliver relevant and effective CPD activities to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes by implementing international CPD standards.


To promote health care professionals to deliver the highest quality of health care in Oman by pursuing lifelong learning.


•Promote excellence in the quality of health care delivery through the implementation of a standardized accreditation system.

•Promote CPD practice where all health care professionals receive equal opportunities for professional development.

•Ensure that health professionals participate in educational activities which are relevant and effective to their professional practice. 

•Provide tools to evaluate the outcomes and impact of CPD on the health care professionals’ performance and the quality of the services delivered.

•Demonstrate to patients, peers and the public that health professionals are committed to life-long learning.


According to the Ministerial Order no. 123/2006, healthcare professionals in Oman are requested to strictly adhere to the policy and guidelines which states that maintaining and attendance to continuing professional development (CPD) activities is an integral requirement for staff appraisal, promotion and incentives. 

Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) is the regulatory body responsible for promoting, regulating and accrediting CPD activities for all health care professionals in the Sultanate of Oman. The OMSB has created a CPD system and CPD guidelines that are streamlined to be flexible, innovative and evidence based. The OMSB- CPD guidelines have been recognized to be equivalent in standards to the Maintenance of Certificate program (MOC) in the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) from 2012, the Accreditation Council for Continued Medical Education (ACCME).

Responsibility and Tasks of the OMSB-CPD

Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) is the regulatory body responsible for promoting, regulating and accrediting CPD activities for all health care professionals in the Sultanate of Oman. It has created a system designed to help health professional keep abreast of advances in their field, develop better practice systems and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

CPD Accreditation

• Receiving application for accreditation of CPD activities from regions/hospitals/institutions
• Filtering of attachments and following-up of the missing documents
• Awarding Credit points of approved CPD activities
• Informing organizers about their rejected applications

Monitoring and follow up

Monitoring evaluation reports of the accredited CPD programs

 Other tasks

• Assisting in developing tools/criteria/guidelines for improving accreditation system that would be appropriate for all types of CPD activities
• Assisting in developing and maintaining CPD website contents
• Monitoring the accreditation database and website
• Maintaining CPD records through web based portfolio
• Safekeeping of files
• Preparing correspondence
• Conducting awareness workshops

CPD Team

  •   Ms. Dinah Abaca : Bachelor’s Degree, development interests are focused on the role of supporting lifelong learning, developing and implementing tools for learning in practice of health care practitioners.
  •   Mr. Mohammed Al Yahyaei: Bachelor’s Degree, looking forward to build wide experience through implementing modernized learning and development trends in order to achieve excellence in obtaining high quality learning for healthcare professionals.
  •   Ms. Asma Al Ghafri :  Bachelor’s Degree, flexible CPD team-player who loves to learn.
  •   Ms. Faiza Al Mufargi: Bachelor’s Degree, believes that today’s effort with CPD helps shape the health care professional in the years to come.
  •   Ms. Faiyza Al Hadhrami : Bachelor’s Degree, proud of being part of health care professional development in the country that’s why she is keen to focus on her professional development.