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News and Announcements

Resources for CE Providers
Provider 2020 Annual Fee Due
Live Streaming Guidance
Joint Accreditation Expands to Include ADA CERP
CERP Eligibility Criteria Revised
ADA CERP Workshop in Orlando
Webinar Available 
List COVID-19 CE Activities 
Archived Announcements

CERP Provider Annual Report Deadline Extended to June 1

We know many of you have already submitted your 2020 CERP Provider Annual Report survey, or are currently working on that submission. We also know that in this rapidly changing environment you may have many new and more immediate demands on your time managing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we are extending the deadline for submission of the 2020 CERP Provider Annual Report survey until June 1, 2020. Please submit your data earlier if you are able to, but please use the additional time if you need it.

If you did not receive an email with a link to your annual report survey, please contact CCEPR staff.

Resources for CE Providers

Updates on the coronavirus for the public and healthcare professionals are available from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Resources for dentists regarding the coronavirus are available from the American Dental Association at

Webinar for CE professionals: CPD Community Response to a Global Pandemic, hosted by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) March 26, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM CT

Additionally, the article below has information for recognized providers on Live Streaming CE Activities. 

Provider 2020 Annual Fee Due

Invoices for the 2020 CERP provider annual fee have been sent to all recognized CERP providers. This year, invoices have been sent via both mail and email. The invoice is payable upon receipt.
CERP annual fee levels are graduated, and are based on the size of a provider’s annual CE program. The 2020 fees are based on the total number of participants in the provider’s 2018 CE activities, as reported to the Commission in the 2019 provider annual report. Read more about CERP fee levels. Please contact CCEPR staff if you have not received the annual fee invoice or the link to the annual report.  

Guidance on Live Streaming CE Activities for CERP Recognized Providers

In response to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, communities, institutions and individuals are taking steps to help reduce transmission of COVID-19 by canceling non-essential travel and large gatherings. Accordingly, some CE providers scheduled to hold professional conferences or educational events in the upcoming months are exploring options for offering these activities virtually. An information sheet summarizing CERP requirements for live, online CE activities(PDF) is available for providers that may have questions about CERP requirements for these activities. Providers are encouraged to review the CERP Recognition Standards

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Expands to Include ADA CERP

Joint Accreditation offers organizations that develop interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education credit for multiple health professions through a unified accreditation process and set of accreditation standards. With this new collaboration between Joint Accreditation and the ADA’s Continuing Education Recognition Program, organizations that are jointly accredited now have the option to include dentists in their education programs, without needing to attain a separate accreditation with ADA CERP.

Joint Accreditation gives providers that design at least 25% of their CE activities for an interprofessional audience the opportunity to offer continuing education credits in medicine, nursing, optometry, PAs (physician assistants), pharmacy, psychology, social work, and now dentistry. Read the complete Joint Accreditation news release.

CERP recognized providers that are jointly accredited, and that wish to obtain CERP recognition through Joint Accreditation rather than the separate CERP application process, should contact CCEPR staff.  

ADA CERP Eligibility Criteria Revised

In 2019 the Commission announced changes to the eligibility requirements for CERP recognition. Effective July 1, 2023, providers that are commercial interests, as defined by ADA CERP, will no longer be eligible for CERP recognition. Providers that qualify as commercial interests may maintain their recognition status through June 30, 2023 by fulfilling normal program requirements.
To identify the providers that will be affected by this change, all CERP recognized providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire in 2020. New applicants will also be required to complete a pre-application eligibility questionnaire to help identify if a provider itself is a commercial interest, or is owned or controlled by a commercial interest.  Announcements regarding the questionnaire will be sent to all CERP recognized providers in late 2020.

ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for Continuing Dental Education Providers

The Commission will offer an informational session for CE providers on Sunday, October 18, 2020, in conjunction with the ADA annual meeting in Orlando. ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for CE Providers 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 with 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.

Registration for the 2020 ADA FDC Annual Meeting opens in April 2020.  Sign up to receive updates about the meeting.

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 COVID-19 CE Activities on

Now and in the coming months CE providers will be asked to provide vital information and training to health care professionals in combatting the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community and in clinical settings. To help dental professionals find relevant CE activities, CERP recognized providers are encouraged to list these course on image of people in training class

The course listing database now has a Subject Category for CE activities related to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. CERP providers offering these courses can list them in the database with the COVID-19 tag, and dental professionals will be able to search for courses in that category on the ADA website.

Contact CCEPR staff for information on posting courses on this site.

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)