Is there a difference between a congress, conference, symposium, seminar, journal club, and workshop in terms of continuing professional development activities?


  • Riaan van de Venter Nelson Mandela University


Validity of activities, CPD guidelines, HPCSA, CEUs


The Society of Radiographers of South Africa (SORSA) has been an accredited continuing professional development (CPD) service provider since circa 2003. However, misinterpretation among various stakeholders of what particular activities encompassed has raised concerns of the validity and appropriate awarding of continuing education units (CEUs) to presenters at some CPD events. There seems to be lack of consensus of the definition of once-off activities in terms of the number of CEUs awarded to presenters. This paper therefore argues the need for standardised definitions in the glossary of the CPD guidelines of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) regarding congresses, conferences, symposia, seminars, journal clubs, and workshops, to avoid the concerns highlighted. This paper unpacks definitions of some CPD activities to illustrate the need of a glossary that would reduce the risk of presenters and authors not being awarded appropriate CEUs in accordance with the HPCSA guidelines.

Author Biography

Riaan van de Venter, Nelson Mandela University

Associate lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, Department of Radiography






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