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Endorse CONFERD-HP

What is CONFERD-HP endorsement?

CONFERD-HP endorsement by journals is typically exemplified by a statement in the journal’s Instructions to Authors indicating the journal’s support of CONFERD-HP, typically in the form of a recommendation to authors to adhere to the CONFERD-HP checklist in their manuscripts reporting competency framework development in healthcare professions.

If you would like to improve the reporting completeness competency framework development papers in your journals, one of the best ways is to endorse the CONFERD-HP Statement.

How to endorse CONFERD-HP

Step 1
Include mention of the CONFERD-HP Guideline and reference the CONFDRD-HP website in your journal’s instructions to authors for reporting of manuscripts describing competency framework development, or in the organization’s resource section

Our suggested text to include in journal’s instructions for authors is as follows:

"[journal name] requires a completed CONFERD-HP checklist as a condition of submission when reporting the development of a competency framework in the health professions. Templates for these can be found here or on the CONFERD-HP website. At minimum, your article should report the content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of your manuscript and may enhance its chances for eventual publication." 

Step 2
Contact us and we will add you to our endorsers list – simply have the Editor or Editor-in-Chief email us, and confirm the journal name.

Step 3
Write an editorial in the journal to this effect along with the journal’s policy on helping to improve the quality of competency framework development papers.

Additional resources to help journals develop editorial policies around reporting guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network website

Citing & using CONFERD-HP

Citing CONFERD-HP from the website (for authors)

When referring to the CONFERD-HP Guideline, we recommend using journal article citations rather than referring to the CONFERD-HP website. If you are not already using a journal article citation, we recommend that you cite one of the original publications of the guideline.

Usage of the CONFERD-HP Statement and Explanatory Document

The Recommendations for reporting COmpeteNcy FramEwoRk Development in Health Professions and the CONFERD-HP Explanation and Elaboration document are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Usage of the CONFERD-HP Checklist

The CONFERD-HP EChecklist document is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



CONFERD-HP Guideline drafted

After the completion of two virtual workshops with expert panel members this month, the CONFERD-HP Guideline has been drafted, and is now undergoing a final review by the expert panel.

The guideline consists of 20 items intended to guide the essential items that should be reported when describing the development of competency frameworks in the healthcare professions. These items encompass the following domains: basic information (e.g., title); background information (e.g., purpose); development process (e.g., methods); testing; funding and conflicts of interest.

Draft CONFERD-HP guideline produced, workshops underway

Since our last post, the CONFERD-HP study has been conducted. We undertook a three-round eDelphi study, and have produced a draft 21-item reporting guideline based on expert consensus.

This draft will now be discussed at two consensus meetings in November 2021, with the final guideline expected to be released before the end of the year.