Accreditation is a process of peer review and quality assurance that determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance. The accreditation process also fosters institutional and program improvement.
Canadian schools have been accredited by both the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) using a joint process. In 2013, the sponsors of CACMS (AFMC and CMA) and the sponsors of the LCME (The Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further codify the relationship between CACMS and the LCME. This agreement provides more independence in decision-making, standard-setting and modification of the accreditation process to CACMS to help align Canadian education programs to respond to their social accountability. The standards remain identical for both organizations, though there may be differences in some elements of the standards.
University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine successfully completed a full review in 2010 and the next full LCME accreditation visit will occur in April 2018.