Canada has released its first nationally accredited training program in medical assistance in dying (MAiD) aimed at licensed physicians and nurse practitioners.

Canada has released its first nationally accredited training program in medical assistance in dying (MAiD) aimed at licensed physicians and nurse practitioners. This follows concerns about the rising prevalence of MAiD in certain regions and its recommendation for “mature minors.”

The curriculum was developed by the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP), Health Canada said in a Sept. 13 press release. CAMAP is a B.C.-based NGO established in 2016 after the federal MAiD legislation was enacted that year. The organization said on its website that it was created to address the need to “establish training resources, to create medical standards, and to encourage the standardization of care across the country.”

The curriculum is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It consists of eight topics, including the procedures for conducting a MAID assessment and dealing with MAiD for individuals with mental disorders.

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