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Accreditation Updates

Information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation's activities is available to everyone. The Commission meets twice a year, usually in the winter and the summer. Following each meeting the communities of interest are notified via email that the CODA Communicator, currently a web-based newsletter, is available on the Commission’s website; this newsletter is available to all of CODA’s communities of interest.

If you have not received an issue of the CODA Communicator, please contact Mr. Gregg Marquardt,, and he will add your email address to the Commission’s distribution for the next issue.

Additionally, hearings on standards are held at various meetings during which comments may be submitted to CODA on proposed or revised Accreditation Standards. Please review the left navigation, where you can access the proposed accreditation standards out for comment. CODA's meeting materials may also be of interest.

News and Highlights:

CODA Consideration of a Request to Establish an Accreditation Program for Advanced General Dentistry Education Programs in Implant Dentistry

At its Winter 2017 Meeting, the Commission directed that an ad hoc committee composed of Commission members be appointed to further study the request for establishment of an accreditation program for advanced general dentistry education programs in implant dentistry, in accordance with the Commission’s Policies and Procedures for Accreditation of Programs in Areas of Advanced Training in General Dentistry, with a report on the ad hoc committee’s progress at the Summer 2017 meeting.

CODA Consideration of the Accreditation Cycle Interval

Also at its Winter 2017 Meeting, the Commission directed that an ad hoc committee composed of Commission members be appointed to study the interval of CODA’s accreditation cycle based on programmatic risk assessment, with a report to the Commission in Winter 2018.

CODA Finance Report

Every February, the Commission determines its budget and sets its accreditation fees for the upcoming year.  The majority of the Commission’s expenses are related to travel for site visits and full-time employee salary and benefits.  Annual accreditation fees help to offset these expenses.

For complete information on actions taken by the Commission related to finance for the 2018 budget, plus a detail of 2018 fees, refer to the Unofficial Report of Major Actions (PDF). You may also access the Commission’s Fee Schedule (PDF).

Adoption of CODA White Paper:Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority

The Commission on Dental Accreditation, during its August 1, 2014 meeting, adopted the Commission on Dental Accreditation White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority.  The White Paper provides background on the role and responsibilities of the Commission, as well as the history of the Commission and its relationship to the American Dental Association (ADA).  The White Paper concludes with information related to a re-examination of the Commission’s relationship with the ADA.  Read the Commission’s White Paper: