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Eligibility Criteria

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR) approves providers of continuing dental education (CE) through the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) The Commission does not approve individual courses.

ADA CERP defines a CE provider as an agency (institution, organization, or individual) responsible for organizing, administering, publicizing, presenting, and keeping records for a continuing dental education program. The CE provider assumes both the professional and fiscal liability for the conduct and quality of the program. Institutions, organizations or major units or departments within an institution/organization (e.g., an oral and maxillofacial surgery department of a medical center) may be eligible to apply for recognition. 

The following criteria must be met before a provider will be considered for ADA CERP recognition: 

  1. The CE provider offers a planned program of continuing dental education activities consistent with the definition of continuing dental education provided in the ADA CERP Glossary. The CE provider must demonstrate oversight by an independent advisory committee. The provider must have planned, implemented and evaluated at least one CE activity within the last 12 months prior to initiating the CERP pre-application process.
     
  2. A CE provider must ensure that all courses offered for continuing education credit have a sound scientific basis in order to adequately protect the public. CCEPR reserves the right to require that the applicant provide documentation that courses offered by the provider have a sound scientific basis and proven efficacy in order to ensure public safety.
     
  3. The CE provider must demonstrate that it assumes the financial and administrative responsibility of planning, publicizing and offering the continuing education program consistent with the definition of provider in the CERP Glossary.
     
  4. 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, re-sells 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.
     
  5. CE providers that are not based in the United States or Canada must meet the additional eligibility criteria and requirements outlined in the Pre-application Process for International Providers before they will be considered eligible to apply for recognition.   

*This criterion takes effect July 1, 2023

All providers seeking CERP recognition must first complete a pre-application assessment for eligibility. Review information for New Applicants

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition reserves the right to determine a provider’s eligibility based on the CERP Eligibility Criteria.

Commercial Interest Self-assessment Questions

The Commission has developed several self-assessment questions to determine whether providers are “commercial interests.” The intent is to ensure that continuing dental education is developed and implemented separately and independently from commercial interests. 

Providers may review the commercial interest self-assessment questions (PDF) to determine whether they will be eligible for CERP recognition after June 30, 2023. The questions are also included in the pre-application process for all new applicants.

CERP Business Structure Review Process

The commercial interest self-assessment questions are the basis for determining whether a provider is a commercial interest and eligible for CERP recognition after June 30, 2023. If a provider answers yes to these questions, they would be considered a commercial interest. 

If after answering these questions, a provider still has questions as to whether it is a commercial interest as defined by ADA CERP, it may wish to request the Commission to conduct a separate CERP Business Structure Review. This is an optional process to assist organizations determine whether they are a commercial interest.

Contact CCEPR staff to request information about the Business Structure Review. There is a $400 fee for providers requesting this service.