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Open Hearing on CERP Standards
ADA CERP Workshop
CCEPR 2016 Annual Report Released
CERP Standard XIII. Patient Protection Revised
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Archived Announcements

Open Hearing on CERP Standards

Friday, October 20, 8:30-9:30 am
Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom B

The Commission will hold an open hearing on the ADA CERP Standards during the ADA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The purpose of this hearing is to provide individuals, institutions and organizations that may be affected by the ADA CERP Recognition Standards with an opportunity to comment on a proposal to simplify and streamline the CERP Standards.

Download the open hearing agenda. The Commission is interested in considering all viewpoints and no decision regarding any issue will be determined at this hearing.

The communities of interest will also be invited to submit written comments on finalized drafts of the revised Standards at a future date.

ADA CERP Workshop at America's Dental Meeting

ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for Continuing Dental Education Providers
Thursday, October 19, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

2017 ADA meeting logo

This workshop course will discuss the ADA CERP Recognition Standards for quality continuing dental education and provide an overview of the CERP application process. The session will include a review of specific CERP Standards and will help providers identify ways to demonstrate compliance those Standards. The course is designed for providers that are currently ADA CERP recognized and those considering applying to the program for the first time.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe CERP Recognition Standards and their application to CE providers
  • Identify strategies for demonstrating compliance with CERP Recognition Standards
  • Identify documentation needed to complete the CERP self-assessment/application process

Register for ADA 2017—America’s Dental Meeting at Enter Course Code 5108. Course fee: $90.

CCEPR Annual Report Released

Picture of three people discussing reportContinuing dental education providers approved through the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) offered a combined total of more than 28,000 CE activities, including over 245,000 hours of instruction in 2015. 

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition’s 2016 Annual Report includes data on the size and scope of ADA CERP recognized providers’ CE programs, and a summary of the Commission’s activities in 2016. The report is published as a service to participating providers and continuing dental education stakeholders.

CERP Standard XIII. Patient Protection Revised

At its March 31-April 1, 2016 meeting, the Commission adopted revisions to CERP Standard XIII. Patient Protection (PDF). Revisions were considered and adopted based on the need for clarification of certain requirements for providers offering courses in which patients are treated. The revisions include the following:

  • Criteria XIII.8 and XIII.9 were combined into a single criterion defining the CE provider’s responsibilities for ensuring completion of any treatment performed on a patient in a CE activity and any necessary post-course treatment;
  • Criteria XIII.3 and XIII.10 (now XIII.9) were modified to clarify that providers offering courses in which patients are treated are responsible for meeting applicable local laws related to dental licensure and liability protection;
  • Criterion XIII.5 includes a new requirement related to patient informed consent.

Revisions to Standard XIII have been included in the April 2016 ADA CERP Recognition Standards (PDF). Providers that offer CE activities in which patients are treated, either by the instructor or course participants, should review the criteria and make any necessary changes to ensure program compliance. 

Providers will be assessed for compliance with the revised patient protection criteria set forth in Standard XIII beginning with the Fall 2017 ADA CERP application (providers with a recognition term ending December 2017 and later).

List Your Courses

ADA CERP recognized providers are invited to post information about upcoming CE activities on this website
The CERP provider course listing may be searched by all dental professionals, anywhere in the world. The listing may be searched by provider name, course location, dates or keywords. image of people in training class

Posting course information on this site is reserved for CERP recognized providers exclusively. To access the maintenance site and add courses you will need the User ID assigned to your organization at the time of initial recognition, and your current password. For instructions, or to retrieve your User ID or password, contact CCEPR staff at or call 312-440-2869. 

Archived Announcements

ADA CERP Recognized Standard XIII Revised (April 2016) (PDF)
FAQs on Scientific Content in CE (May 2011) (PDF)
New Criteria Related to Scientific Content in CE (February 2011) (PDF)