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Category 2 Activities

DoH Category 2 credit hours are defined as all educational activities not designated for Category 1 that: comply with DoH definition of CE; comply with the DoH, ACCME & AMA ethical opinions on Gifts to Physicians from Industry and on Ethical Issues in CE (i.e. not promotional); and a health professional finds to be a worthwhile learning experience related to his/her practice.

Activities within Category 2 are essentially of a self-learning nature, and should be beneficial to the practice. Many of the activities that fall within Category 2 may be less structured from the viewpoint of learning than those in Category 1. Activities in Category 2 would (in general) entitle the participant to claim 1 credit hour for every hour of participation. Category 2 educational activities are “health professional designated.” The health professionals must determine that the educational activity meets the DoH’s definition of CME*. In general, to meet the definition, the physician must consider the educational activity as directly related to his/her practice. Health professionals will be strongly encouraged to extend their learning experience by completing activities in a broad range of activity types and in a variety of topic areas.

Credit Assignment:

As with live activities, health professionals may self-claim a Category 2 credit hour for each 60-minute hour engaged in the learning activity. Health professionals may claim credit hours in 15 minute, or 0.25 credit increments, and round to the nearest quarter hour.

In determining the number of Category 2 credit hours to be reported, health professionals can use patient charts and personal notations as helpful reminders. For instance, a health profession could recall that in the course of a week, he/she has learned from six consultations with experts, averaging 10 minutes each, for a total of about 1 hour. Another example could be that a health professional estimates that in the course of a month, he/she has learned from four discussions with colleagues, averaging 15 minutes each, for a total of about 1 hour.

Documentation of Category 2 Credit Hours:

As Category 2 credit hours are self-documented, health professionals should claim credit hours and list them in their DoH log sheets. Formal or official documentation of Category 2 education is not always possible; however, the health professional’s needs to provide evidence of all learning forms, consultation proof with peers and medical experts, library use, and other acceptable Category 2 activities.

Category 2 Activities Include:

Any CE activity not approved for Category 1 credit hours can be claimed as Category 2 credit hours if the health professional believes it to be pertinent to his/her practice. Examples of these include:

DoH minimum requirement for participation in Continuing Education in Abu Dhabi

The DoH Continuing Education minimum requirements are mandatory for physicians, dentists, pharmacists and nurses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi since January 2007. As of October 2014, all healthcare professionals are required to obtain continuing education hours.

The minimum requirements for participation in DoH Continuing Education are linked to the revalidation of licensure. These requirements will be applicable to all healthcare professionals working in all public and private healthcare facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

In addition to the minimum requirements, additional standards must be met concerning the proportion of hours for accredited educational activities and for activities specifically related to one’s profession, or one’s specialty area in a profession. These are outlined in the table below.

Health professional Overall minimum
requirement per year
Minimum requirement per year by Continuing Education category
Physicians/dentists 40 hours Minimum of 20 Category 1 hours out of 40 per year
Maximum of 20 Category 2 hours out of 40 per year
Nurses 20 hours Minimum of 10 Category 1 hours out of 20 per year
Maximum of 10 Category 2 hours out of 20 per year
Pharmacists 20 hours Minimum of 10 Category 1 hours out of 20 per year
Maximum of 10 Category 2 hours out of 20 per year
Allied health 10 hours Minimum of 5 Category 1 hours out of 10 per year
Maximum of 5 Category 2 hours out of 10 per year
Traditional complementary and alternative medicine 10 hours Minimum of 5 Category 1 hours out of 10 per year
Maximum of 5 Category 2 hours out of 10 per year
The CE requirements for each individual’s respective profession will need to be fulfilled when “revalidating” (i.e. renewing after initial licensure) their license according to the cycle established by the DoH for licensing of their particular profession.

For Category 2 Activities

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Last updated: 04 Oct 2022

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