Medical Council of Canada

Test Committee Resources

Test Committee resources

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC)’s test committees use the following resources to create and validate examination content. See links below for information on examination objectives, item development, competency frameworks and additional reference material.

All of the MCC examinations are based on the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination.


The Evaluation Bureau has developed a practical guidebook to outline test committee member roles, give a broad overview of the MCC Examinations and provide information and resources that may be helpful when developing content.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute safety competencies

Patient safety, defined as the reduction and mitigation of unsafe acts within the health-care system, as well as through the use of best practices shown to lead to optimal patient outcomes, is a critical aspect of quality health care.

The Safety Competencies, created by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), provide a framework of six core domains of abilities that are shared by all health-care professionals. By contributing to the patient safety education of health-care professionals, the Safety Competencies can contribute to safer patient care.

Population health objectives

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Primer on Population Health and the Ottawa Charter for health promotion are also used as references in the MCC objectives.

CLEO and C2LEO Objectives

The CLEO (Considerations of Legal, Ethical and Organizational Aspects of the Practice of Medicine) Objectives and the C2LEO (Considerations of the Cultural-Communication, Legal, Ethical and Organizational Aspects of the Practice of Medicine) Objectives have been incorporated into the updated Medical Council of Canada Objectives for the Qualifying Examination.

Blueprint Project

By readying the MCC’s Qualifying Examinations to reflect the approved Blueprint, test committees will play a critical role in ensuring that the assessment of medical graduates practising in Canada continues to reflect medical practice and the health-care needs of society today. We have prepared resources that will assist the MCC’s test committees to understand and carry out their roles within the framework of the new Blueprint.