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CERP Providers Report Due May 15
ADA CERP Workshop in San Francisco
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ADA CERP Eligibility Criteria Revised

At its meeting April 25-26, 2019, the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition approved revisions to the CERP Eligibility Criteria. Effective July 1, 2023, the eligibility requirements include a new criterion stating:

Commercial interests are not eligible for recognition. The CERP Glossary defines “commercial interest” as follows: 

Commercial Interest: (1) An individual or entity that produces, markets, resells or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, or (2) an individual or entity that is owned or controlled by an individual or entity that produces, markets, resells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Providing clinical services directly to or for patients (e.g., a dental practice, dental lab, or diagnostic lab) does not, by itself, make an individual or entity a commercial interest.

The Commission’s action was the result of a deliberative process conducted over several years, with input from the communities of interest. The changes are intended to reduce the opportunity for commercial bias to impact continuing dental education, align CERP continuing dental education standards with those of other healthcare professions, and with U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance regarding separation of marketing and education activities, and support the public’s trust in the profession. 

In a related action also effective July 1, 2023, the Commission approved revisions to the CERP Joint Providership Policy to state that commercial interests are not eligible to be joint providers. The revised Eligibility Criteria and Joint Providership Policy are published in the CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures, April 2019, available at ADA.org/CCEPR.

The revised Eligibility Criteria and Joint Providership Policy do not prohibit CERP recognized providers from accepting support from commercial interests, as long as any such commercial support is managed in accordance with CERP Standard V, and the commercial interest does not have a role in selecting or influencing CE content or instructors (V.1). 

Implementation of the new CERP Eligibility Criteria and Joint Providership requirements will occur at the end of a four-year period to permit currently recognized providers that are commercial interests to adjust to the change. 

In the coming months, the Commission plans to publish an eligibility questionnaire and other materials to assist in determining eligibility for CERP recognition, including a Pre-Application form that will be required of all providers applying for CERP recognition.

The mission of the ADA’s Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition is to serve the public and the dental profession by developing and implementing standards that promote excellence in continuing dental education to support professional competence and continuous improvement of patient care.

For more information, contact Mary Borysewicz, director, Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at borysewiczm@ada.org.  

ADA CERP Providers—Report on 2018 Activities Due May 15

ADA CERP recognized providers are required to report information about CE activities offered in the previous year, and to verify or update contact information for CE personnel on an annual basis. The report is submitted via an online survey. Customized links to the annual report survey regarding activities providers offered in 2018 were emailed to all recognized CERP providers in March. Reports are due by May 15. Contact CCEPR staff with questions about the Annual Report.

ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for Continuing Dental Education Providers

ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019
Sunday, September 8, 9 am - 12 noon
San Francisco

This 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 isimage of two men at meeting 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 the purpose and function of the CERP Recognition Standards and their application to CE providers’ programming
  • Identify strategies for demonstrating compliance with the Standards
  • List components of the application form and develop a plan for completing the self-assessment/application process
Register for the ADA FDI 2019 at world-dental-congress.org. Enter Course Code 8502. Course fee: $90.

CERP Webinar: An Overview of the CERP Standards and Application Process

A recording of a webinar for CERP providers is available on the Commission’s website. The webinar, presented by CCEPR staff, reviews the purpose and function of the CERP Standards and the application process.

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

Archived Announcements

CERP Standard XIV Revised.Record Keeping (October 2017) (PDF)
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)