Background: This study investigated approaches to continuing professional development (CPD) for specialists in laboratory medicine within four European countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Malta and the UK.
Methods: The research questions focussed on ascertaining if continued registration/licence was linked to CPD and if so, were there requirements for certain amounts and types of CPD and for CPD activities to meet specified accreditation criteria. The Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) model of CPD measurement was applied to each country’s registration/licencing body’s CPD requirements.
Results: Our results indicate a spectrum of approaches to CPD within participating countries.
Conclusions: It will be necessary for European employers to be familiar with these differences and to take them into account for this increasingly mobile European workforce.
This research was funded by a Leonardo Partnership  Grant from the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme  – Leonardo Grant Number LdVP/13/006C ‘Enhancing Hospital Laboratory Standards for Continuing Professional Development: A Quality Improvement Toolkit’.
Author’s contribution: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.
Research funding: None declared.
Employment or leadership: None declared.
Honorarium: None declared.
Role of sponsor: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.
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