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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 offered a planned program of CE activities for at least 12 months.
     
  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. The CE provider must ensure that the educational methods are appropriate to the stated objectives for the activity and, when participation is involved, enrollment must be related to available resources to assure effective participation by enrollees.

  5. The CE provider must ensure that the facilities selected for each activity are appropriate to accomplishing the educational method(s) being used and the stated educational objectives.

  6. 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.
     
  7. 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.   

Beginning July 1, all new applicants in the U.S. and Canada must first submit a Pre-Application Determination of Eligibility form. Review information for New Applicants

* This criterion takes effect July 1, 2023. The Commission has developed several questions to help providers assess whether they may be considered “commercial interests.” Review the commercial interest self-assessment questions (PDF).