CERP Provider Newsletter—2017 Edition Three
Message from the Chair
On behalf of the Commission, I wish to express appreciation to those who have contributed feedback on our ongoing process to revise the CERP Recognition Standards, both through written comments, surveys, and participation in an open hearing held in Atlanta this October. Based in part on your feedback, the Commission is proposing to consolidate the existing 14 Standards into six. A proposed outline of the simplified Standards, and drafts of three of them, are currently available for review and comment (see below).
In response to suggestions and comments from the communities of interest, the Commission also recently reduced the required minimum length of CE activities from one hour to 15 minutes. We believe this change, which goes into effect immediately, is responsive to evolving educational principles and modalities, and will give providers greater flexibility in designing impactful CE activities. Details about the new minimum length requirements and answers to frequently asked questions are offered on our website.
As we move forward with the comprehensive revision of the CERP Standards, we encourage you to continue to provide input as we strive to simplify and focus the Standards on criteria that define effective continuing education and that support improved oral health care.
Joseph P. Fiorellini, D.M.D., 2017-2018 Chair
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. The reduced minimum length and increments for awarding credits gives providers greater flexibility in developing learning activities of various lengths, using a range of educational formats.
Revised Standard XIV.3 has been incorporated into the CERP Recognition Standards. The change is effective immediately. More information and FAQs(PDF) about the changes are available under CCEPR News and Announcements.
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Comprehensive Revision of the CERP Standards
The Commission has released for comment a proposed outline of a comprehensive revision of the CERP Standards, as well as drafts of three revised Standards. The Commission’s goals for the comprehensive revision, formulated with input from the communities of interest gathered through calls for comments and surveys, is to simplify the Standards by emphasizing the principles and practices that contribute to continuing dental education that improves professional effectiveness. In proposing an outline for revised Standards, the Commission has consolidated existing CERP Standards and is considering eliminating criteria that may have less relevance to a provider’s ability to deliver effective CE. The proposed Standards also include additional guidance to help providers interpret and apply the requirements.
An open hearing on the proposed Standards was held in October during the ADA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Comments on the proposed outline and drafts of three revised Standards are being accepted through December 1, 2018. As the Commission moves forward with the revision process, the communities of interest will be invited periodically to provide input. The Commission will also issue a call for comments on a final proposal prior to adopting revised CERP Standards.
ADA House of Delegates Approves New Policy Recognizing the Commission
The House of Delegates of the American Dental Association recently convened its 2017 meeting in Atlanta. At the meeting, the House, the ADA’s supreme governing agency, adopted a new policy (Res. 11H-2017) urging state dental boards to recognize the Commission for Continuing Dental Education Provider Recognition as a national agency responsible for the approval of continuing dental education providers, and to accept for licensure renewal purposes dentists’ participation in continuing education courses offered by providers approved by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition through the Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP).
All state licensing boards currently accept credits from ADA CERP recognized providers (subject to any limitations on course content or format imposed by local regulation). The new policy will encourage states to reflect the name of the recognition program and the Commission in continuing education regulations as they are updated.
CERP Workshop Planned for ADA 2018 Annual Meeting in Hawaii
The Commission will once again present an informational session for CE providers during the ADA Annual Meeting, to be held October 18-21, 2018 in Honolulu. More information about the meeting and the workshop will be available in May 2018 at www.ADA.org/meeting.
ADA CERP Recognition Actions—October 2017
At its meeting October 12-13, the Commission considered 10 new applications for recognition, 73 applications for continued recognition, nine progress reports, two reports of substantive change and two requests for reconsideration of intent to withdraw recognition. The Commission granted initial recognition to eight providers of continuing dental education, and continued recognition to 73 providers. The Commission discontinued recognition of two providers at the request of the providers.
The Commission also discontinued recognition of two providers for failure to meet program requirements.Including the Commission’s October 2017 actions on recognition, 454 CE providers are currently ADA CERP recognized. The Commission also approved six Pre-Application Eligibility Surveys from international providers. The official list of CERP recognized providers and the unofficial report of major actions from the meeting are posted on ADA.org/CCEPR.
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The following providers have been awarded ADA CERP recognition for four and three years!
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
American Dental Education Association
CAPP Training Institute / Centre for Advanced Professional Practices FZ LLC
Center for Dental Reconstruction
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, LVI Global
Meharry Medical College
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Arizona
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
National Network for Oral Health Access
New York University College of Dentistry
Northeastern Gnathological Society
Oakstone Publishing, LLC
Oregon Health Sciences University
Physician Insurers Association of America
Procter & Gamble Company
Shoreline Perio P.C.
The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
The Doctors Company
U.S. Navy Dental Corps
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies
West Virginia School of Dentistry
American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Canadian Implant Institute/Institut Canadien d'Implantologie
Canadian/Comprehensive Straight Wire and Functional Orthodontic Program
Dental Education Laboratories
Dentistry Today, Inc.
District of Columbia Dental Society
Great Lakes Implant Institute
IntelliDENT solutions, Inc.
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of SC
Kings County Hospital Center
Kois Center, LLC
Minnesota Dental Association
Missouri Primary Care Association
New Jersey Dental Association
New Jersey Health Professionals Development Institute
Novobiotek Dental Implant Institute
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Paragon Management Associates
Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc
Sclar Center for Advanced Implant Dentistry Learning
The Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry
University of Iowa College of Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Warschaw Learning Institute
Western Society of Periodontology
List Your Courses on ADA.org/cerpcourselistings
CERP recognized providers are encouraged to post information about their courses on the CCEPR web site. Dental professionals anywhere in the world can access the CERP Course Listing and search for courses by date, location, provider, or category. The course listing is advertised periodically in ADA publications. For information on how to login and post course information, contact Alejandro Lerma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Application Deadlines
Providers with recognition terms ending June 2018 must submit applications for continued recognition by January 12, 2018. Application forms and instructions for this cohort of providers were emailed in July. Please contact Commission staff as soon as possible if your recognition ends in June 2018 and you have not received application materials.
Providers with recognition terms ending in December 2018 will receive application materials in several weeks; applications will be due June 29, 2018.
To ensure timely receipt of re-application materials, please notify CCEPR staff of any personnel changes.
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Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
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