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Plan of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation (Trial)
2017年07月18日 17:12   审核人:

General Provision

In 2009,World Standard of Chinese Medicine Undergraduate (Pre-CMD) Education(SCM0003-2009) (Educational Standardfor short) was published by World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. In order to effectively implementEducational Standard, improve the quality of cultivation of Chinese medicine practitioners in the world, and promote the healthy, standardized and sustainable development of Chinese medicine education worldwide,Plan of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation (Draft)is established. Entrusted by World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), Educational Instruction Committee of (EIC for short) will conduct the accreditation appropriately.

Ⅰ. Principles of Programmatic Accreditation

The purpose of programmatic accreditation is to ensure that the quality of Chinese medicine educational institutions meets the requirements of the educational standard. Accreditation helps to promote the development of education and improve the quality of education.

Basic principles of accreditation:

1. Programmatic accreditation is based onEducational Standard.

2.The accreditation process should maintain independence, objectivity, impartiality and openness;

3.Respect the autonomy of educational institutions and the diversity of educational models;

4. Focus on the realization of educational objectives, the academic standards of the educational process, and the adaptation of professional settings to social needs;

5.The accreditation standard should be stable and the accreditation process should be serious. Accreditation conclusions should be made based on the extensive collection of objective evidence and information.

Ⅱ. Accreditation Body

In order to ensure programmatic accreditation, Working Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation and Supervision and Arbitration Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditationare established by EIC, responsible for organizing and implementing programmatic accreditation.

1.Working Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation

Working Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation (“Working Committee” for short) is composed of experts in Chinese medicine education around the world.

The main responsibilities of Working Committee: Organize programmatic accreditation; construct programmatic accreditation system; examine and approve regulations and procedures of accreditation; formulate measures for the implementation of programmatic accreditation; guide the educational institutions to carry out programmatic accreditation; appoint and dispatch experts for programmatic accreditation; put forward conclusions and suggestions of programmatic accreditation to EIC; carry out exchange and cooperation of programmatic accreditation.

2.Supervision and Arbitration Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation

Supervision and Arbitration Committee of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation (“Supervision and Arbitration Committee” for short) works independently, and its members are senior experts engaged in Chinese medicine education around the world.

The main responsibilities of Supervision and Arbitration Committee: Supervise the whole process of implementation of programmatic accreditation to ensure its integrity, fairness and justice; accept complaints concerning programmatic accreditation conclusions from educational institutions being certified, investigate and make the final decision; accept complaints concerning programmatic accreditation from all walks of life in the society, investigate and make the appropriate decision.

Ⅲ. Accreditation Object

The accreditation object is a Chinese medicine (Pre-CMD) specialty established by educational institutions around the world.

Ⅳ. Accreditation Standard

World Standard of Chinese Medicine Undergraduate (Pre-CMD) Education(SCM0003-2009). CMD is short for Chinese Medicine Doctor.

Ⅴ. Accreditation Process

Accreditation Process includes seven steps: Application for accreditation, self-evaluation, external evaluation of theSelf-evaluation Report, site visit, proposal of decisions and suggestions on accreditation, public announcement of decisions on accreditation, maintenance of accreditation status and return visit.

1.Application for accreditation

1)Application requirements: The specialty should be Chinese medicine specialty having three years of graduates, and the educational institutions should be approved or recorded by the relevant departments of the state.

2)Method of application:Application FormofWorld-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditationshould be submitted by educational institutions to Working Committee.

3)Reply to the application: After receiving the application forms of educational institutions, Working Committee determines whether the institution is certified with the fundamental conditions and educational basis, and informs educational institutions of the result within a month.

According to the audit, the following two kinds of treatment can be made:

① Application accepted: Inform the educational institutions to prepare for self-evaluation;

② Application rejected: Explain the reasons to educational institutions and the programmatic accreditation process stops. Educational institutions can apply for programmatic accreditation again after meeting the basic requirements.

2.Self-evaluation

After receiving the notice of programmatic accreditation, educational institutions should carry out a self-evaluation in accordance with theGuide for the Preparation of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation, and prepare theSelf-evaluation Reporttogether with relevant supporting materials. TheSelf-evaluation Reportshould be submitted to Working Committee within 6 months.

3.External evaluation ofSelf-evaluation Report

Working Committee organizes experts to review theSelf-evaluation Reportof educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation, focusing on whether the specialty applied for programmatic accreditation meets the requirements of the educational standards.

Working Committee can draw the following conclusions:

Self-evaluation Reportapproved: Inform the educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation to prepare for a site visit.

② Supplementary revision ofSelf-evaluation Report:Explain the additional modification requirements to the educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation. After supplementary revision, if theReportmeets the requirements itcan be approved according to the first process; otherwise it will be treated according to the third process.

Self-evaluation Reportnot passed: Explain the reasons to the educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation, and accreditation process stops. Educational institutions can apply for programmatic accreditation after meeting the relevant requirements.

4.Site visit

1)Working staff and time of site visit

The site visit is a field visit to educational institutions conducted by a programmatic accreditation expert group (“expert group” for short) appointed by Working Committee. The expert group will be composed by 4 to 6 people with no more than 1/3 of the experts coming from the countries/regions being accredited.

The time of the site visit should be negotiated by both Working Committee and educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation. The site visit should be arranged during the teaching week.

The site visit generally lasts for 2 to 3 days.

2)Procedures and methods of the site visit

The expert group, according to the plan of the site visit, verifies the situation in theSelf-evaluation Reportthrough seminars, interviews, random visits, lectures, review of the teaching documents and data, examination of the teaching conditions, and gets to know any situation not reflected intheSelf-evaluation Report.

3)Site visit report

TheSite Visit Reportis the conclusion made by the expert group after the site visit to an educational institution. It is a comprehensive assessment made by the expert group concerning the Chinese medicine specialty.

4)Consultation

TheSite Visit Reportshould be submitted after the site visit to the educational institutions that have applied for programmatic accreditation. The educational institutions verify the questions mentioned in the report and reply to Working Committee within 2 weeks if there is any doubt.

5. Proposal of decisions and suggestions on accreditation

According to the site visit andSelf-evaluation Report, the expert group proposes preliminary accreditation decisions and suggestions by secret ballot on the basis of full discussion, and submits the conclusion to Working Committee.

The accreditation conclusion is divided into three kinds:

① Full accreditation: The quality of education conforms to the educational standards.

② Conditional accreditation: Accreditation is conferred for the entire period stated but with conditions, to be reviewed after a shorter period to check fulfillment of the conditions. The period for rectification is 1 year and the educational institutions are expected to make changes to meet the requirements of the standards.

③ Denial or withdrawal of accreditation: Many criteria or standards are not fulfilled, signifying severe deficiencies in the quality of the program that cannot be remedied within a few years.

6. Public announcement of decisions on accreditation

1)The expert group should submit theSite Visit Reportand preliminary accreditation decision and suggestion to Working Committee within one month after the site visit.

2)Working Committee should hold a meeting of the whole staff and review relevant materials after receiving theSite Visit Report, decisions and suggestions on accreditation, reply of educational institutions, and other related materials. On the basis of full discussion, Working Committee votes on the preliminary accreditation decision and suggestion submitted by the expert group. The conclusions can be approved if the number of votes meets 2/3 or more (including 2/3) of the members of Working Committee (including the standard examination by correspondence).

3)Members of Supervision and Arbitration Committee should be invited to attend the plenary session of Working Committee. Members of Supervision and Arbitration Committee exercise the right of supervision and have no right to vote.

4)If an educational institution has any objection to the decision of the programmatic accreditation, it may appeal to Supervision and Arbitration Committee. Supervision and Arbitration Committee is responsible for making the final decision.

5)Working Committee submits the decision of the programmatic accreditation to EIC and reports to WFCMS for the record. WFCMS issues the programmatic accreditation decision and presents the certificate.

7.Maintenance of accreditation status and return visit

Educational institutions passing the programmatic accreditation should submit a professional development report annually to Working Committee concerning any problems intheSite Visit Reportand professional development of any new progress. If an educational institution fails to submit the professional development report on time, Working Committee should notify the institution of the deadline for submission. If it still fails to submit, Working Committee will terminate the term of validity of the programmatic accreditation.

Working Committee will dispatch relevant experts to educational institutions that pass the programmatic accreditation for a return visit when necessary. The experts should submit feedback about the return visit.

To maintain the term of validity of programmatic accreditation, educational institutions should carry out a self-evaluation 6 months prior to the expiry of accreditation, and submit aSelf-evaluation Reportto Working Committee. Working Committee will dispatch the expert group for another site visit. The expert group will propose a programmatic accreditation decision and suggestion and submit it to Working Committee to confirm whether the term of validity of programmatic accreditation can be extended.

Ⅵ.Supervision and Arbitration of Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation accepts supervision from Supervision and Arbitration Committee and the entire community.

1.Supervision

Supervision and Arbitration Committee supervises the implementation of programmatic accreditation mainly by random inspection to examine the qualifications of the expert group, find any problems in the programmatic accreditation process, and discover whether these problems can be treated in time. Supervision and Arbitration Committee attends the plenary session of Working Committee.

Supervision and Arbitration Committee has the right to investigate and deal with the experts and members who have violated the relevant provisions.

2.Experts and educational institutions engaged in programmatic accreditation should take the initiative to cooperate with Supervision and Arbitration Committee and provide the necessary working conditions for Supervision and Arbitration Committee.

3.Complaint and arbitration

If an educational institution has any objection to the programmatic accreditation decision, it can appeal with a complaint to Supervision and Arbitration Committee within 2 months after receiving the accreditation decision. If an educational institution fails to appeal within the time limit, it is regarded that the institution agrees with the decision of programmatic accreditation.

An appeal from an educational institution should be made in written form, stating the reasons in detail, and providing relevant materials to support the grounds of the appeal.

Supervision and Arbitration Committee should, within one month after receiving the appeal of the educational institution, make a decision to maintain or change the original programmatic accreditation decision, and the opinions of Supervision and Arbitration Committee are final.

4.Social reporting and complaint

A social unit or individual may object to the conditions under which the school runs. It may also object to the educational quality or the behavior of experts, and report to Supervision and Arbitration Committee. A personal report should be signed with the person’s real name. Anonymous reports are rejected.

Supervision and Arbitration Committee should keep in confidence of informers.

In accordance with the report of the case, Supervision and Arbitration Committee investigates individuals or institutions being reported. The relevant experts and institutions being reported are obliged to make a written description of the related issues, and provide the corresponding certification materials.

In accordance with the report of the case, the description and certification materials of individuals or institutions being reported, Supervision and Arbitration Committee makes a final decision.

Ⅶ. Process Management of Programmatic Accreditation

Working Committee organizes the implementation of programmatic accreditation and conducts process management of programmatic accreditation.

1.Working Committee selects experts to form the expert group. The experts should come from different countries/regions with experience in the fundamentals of traditional Chinese medicine, clinical medicine, education management, and other aspects. The personnel structure of the expert group should be reasonable, with the head of the expert group appointed by Working Committee. Challenge system of programmatic accreditation expert should be established. The implementation process of programmatic accreditation should abide by the principle of confidentiality.

2.In accordance with the relevant provisions of Working Committee, the expert group conducts a site visit. The site visit should not affect the order of normal teaching, scientific research, and medical work.

3.After the discussion of the facts of theSite Visit Reportby the plenary meeting of the expert group, it is necessary to inform the educational institutions with theReportand exchange views.

4.The relevant materials (including raw materials) in the process of programmatic accreditation should be kept by Working Committee.

5.After the site visit, the expert group should submit aSite Visit Reportand programmatic accreditation decision to Working Committee.

6.Working Committee submits the decision of the programmatic accreditation to EIC and reports to WFCMS for the record. WFCMS issues the programmatic accreditation decision and presents the certificate.

7.Programmatic accreditation is valid for 5 to 7 years.

Ⅷ. Accreditation Fees

Accreditation fees of World-Wide Chinese Medicine Programmatic Accreditation are undertaken by the educational institutions that have applied for accreditation (including a registration fee for programmatic accreditation, fee for expert review, and the expenses occurred in site visit).

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