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ANCC NCPD International Individual Activity Accreditation

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The ANCC NCPD Program accredits individual learner activities to offer nursing contact hours for activities offered outside the United States. This educational design process uses evidence-based ANCC criteria to plan, implement, and evaluate the highest-quality NCPD activities. Nurses trust ANCC accredited activities to deliver quality professional education that adheres to evidence-based global standards.

NEW! The Individual Activity Accreditation Toolkit

This essential resource will serve as a road map for ANCC NCPD Accreditation of an individual activity with tools and helpful tips for navigating the application journey as well as an overview of the key elements and requirements.

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Download the toolkit to learn how NCPD Individual Activity Accreditation can bring value to your nursing staff and organization. Inside are benefits and supporting resources including:

  • An ANCC NCPD readiness checklist
  • Steps to apply for NCPD Activity Accreditation
  • Helpful resources for the application process
  • Activity file documentation
  • Tip sheet
  • References
  • Tools to transition to the new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

Benefits of NCPD

Application Process


  • Organizations applying for Individual Activity Accreditation must be located outside the United States.
  • The organization must have a qualified nurse planner.
  • The content of the educational activity must be related to nursing continuing professional development.
  • Activities offered by ineligible companies are not eligible for accreditation.

Download the toolkit for a checklist with more information.

Steps to Apply

  1. Assess readiness to apply
  2. Email with your interest in applying for individual activity accreditation.
  3. Complete Individual Activity File Eligibility Form and email to
  4. Once the application eligibility is determined by the ANCC Office of General Counsel and the NCPD Program team:
    • Plan an educational activity using the educational design process steps outlined in the Individual Activity Application Form. NOTE: A link to the form will be provided by the NCPD Accreditation Program once the Activity File Eligibility Form has been approved.
    • Document the activity planning using the Individual Activity Application Template. Create supporting documents needed for the activity.
    • Submit an Individual Activity Application electronically via the link provided by the ANCC NCPD Program team. NOTE: you can save your application as you progress.
  5. After review by the ANCC NCPD Program team, submit any additional evidence requested by the due dates outlined in the additional evidence request.
  6. Receive accreditation decision letter from the Commission on Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development.
  7. Implement educational activity with learners and evaluate the educational activity outcomes.
  8. Submit the summative evaluation PDF to the ANCC NCPD Accreditation Program by the due date outlined in the accreditation decision letter.

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Fees are assessed based on the number of contact hours awarded for the activity. To inquire about fees, please contact the NCPD Accreditation Program at

Accreditation Term

Accreditation term dates will be communicated in the accreditation decision letter from the Commission on Accreditation.

Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

The NCPD Individual Activity Toolkit includes additional resources to help your organization transition to the new Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.

Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education was designed to ensure that accredited continuing education serves the needs of patients and the public, is based on valid content, and is free from commercial influence. The Standards were released in December 2020, replacing Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities.

The Standards reflect the values of the continuing education community and have been adopted by accrediting bodies representing multiple health care professions. Independence from industry is the cornerstone of accredited continuing education. By achieving consensus on the Standards, these accrediting bodies in the health care professions stand together, not only to continue to assure the delivery of high-quality learning experiences, but also to sustain the protection from industry bias and marketing that accreditation rules deliver:

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE)
  • Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™

The resources in this toolkit are focused on Standard 1: Ensure Content Is Valid and Standard 3: Identify, Mitigate, and Disclose Relevant Financial Relationships. These two standards are applicable to all accredited providers.

Download the toolkit now to receive resources including worksheets, templates, and sample letters to assist in your organization’s transition to the new Standards.



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