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by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 12, 2012

The Convention Industry Council is developing a health-care subspecialty for the Certified Meeting Professional program. The development process will begin in the next 60 days; by summer 2013, health-care planners who already have their CMP will be able to receive the health-care meetings certification. "The once niche area of health-care meeting management is growing," said CIC CEO Karen Kotowski. "Over the next year, CIC will undertake a rigorous development process that includes an in-depth job analysis, assessment of professional qualifications, selection of continuing education requirements and the creation of an examination." The initiative started with the International Medical Meetings Professionals Association, which had approached the CIC about a certification for health-care planners. The CIC will work the IMMPA and other health-care meeting experts to create study materials and the exam. Candidates for the new subspecialty will have to obtain their CMP first. "Meeting professionals in the health-care segment face the stiffest and most complex government regulations of any industry," said Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, founder of the  IMMPA. "With required reporting and transparency, understanding compliance is critical for anyone involved in health-care meeting management. Certification for health-care meeting professionals provides a number of benefits, including career enhancement, professional recognition, personal satisfaction and professional opportunities." Qualification details and exam dates will be announced in early 2013.