China wins key medical education accreditation

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The Working Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Education of Ministry of Education has been awarded recognition status by the World Federation for Medical Education.
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The Working Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Education of Ministry of Education, the agency that accredits medical education programs in China, has been awarded recognition status by the World Federation for Medical Education.

The move signals that China’s medical education field has put in place standards and an accrediting system with international substantive equivalence, winning international recognition for its quality of medical education accreditation, according to the Ministry of Education.

Jointly founded by the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association, the WFME plays an important role in developing standards for medical education and promoting medical education reform.

Only when a medical education accrediting agency is recognized by the WFME can its accrediting decisions be recognized and graduates from its accredited medical schools be accepted by the global health sector, the ministry noted.

A ministry official has hailed the WFME’s awarding of recognition status to the WCAME as another milestone achievement for Chinese higher education after the country’s engineering education received the Washington Accord accreditation four years ago.

At the 2016 annual meeting of the International Engineering Alliance in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, China, represented by the China Association for Science and Technology, became a full member of the Washington Accord, an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs.

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