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Proposed Revisions to CERP Eligibility Criteria—Call for Comments

The Commission has issued a Call for Comments on a proposal to revise the CERP Eligibility Criteria. Comments will be accepted until January 31, 2019. Read more about the proposal

CCEPR Annual Report 

Continuing dental education providers approved through the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) offered a combined total of more than 31,000 CE activities, including over 221,000 hours of instruction in 2016. The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition’s 2017 Annual Report (PDF) includes data on the size and scope of ADA CERP recognized providers’ CE programs, and a summary of the Commission’s activities in 2017. The report is published as a service to participating providers and continuing dental education stakeholders.

CERP Standard XIV.3 Revised: Required Minimum Length of CE Activities Reduced

At its October 12-13, 2017 meeting the Commission approved revisions to CERP Standard XIV.3. Under the revised Standard, the minimum required length for CE activities is now 15 minutes, reduced from the previous required minimum of one hour. In addition, credits may now be awarded in increments of 0.25 hours. Revised Standard XIV.3 has been incorporated into the CERP Recognition Standards. The change is effective immediately.

Read more information and FAQs (PDF) about the changes. 

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 and Procedures (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

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)