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Accreditation Updates

Information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation's activities is available to everyone. The Commission meets twice a year, usually in the winter and the summer. Following each meeting the communities of interest are notified via email that the CODA Communicator, currently a web-based newsletter, is available on the Commission’s website; this newsletter is available to all of CODA’s communities of interest.

If you have not received an issue of the CODA Communicator, please contact Mr. Gregg Marquardt,, and he will add your email address to the Commission’s distribution for the next issue.

Additionally, hearings on standards are held at various meetings during which comments may be submitted to CODA on proposed or revised Accreditation Standards. Please review the left navigation, where you can access the proposed accreditation standards out for comment. CODA's meeting materials may also be of interest.

News and Highlights:

CODA Publishes First Annual Report to its Communities of Interest

At its Annual Meeting in Honolulu in October 2018, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) House of Delegates adopted Resolution 39H, a governance change related to the submission of an annual report for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The ADA was also informed that there will be a new item, named “Annual Report,” under Article VII - MISCELLANEOUS of the Commission’s Rules.

In accordance with these changes, the Commission on Dental Accreditation has published its first Annual Report written for CODA’s broad community of interest. Click the link below to read this Report.

Download and read the 2019 CODA Annual Report (PDF)

Please feel free to contact CODA staff for further information on of the topics in this report. We also encourage you to join the CODA mailing list by sending an email to

We hope you find this inaugural issue of the CODA Annual Report to be informative and helpful!

CODA Accredits First International Predoctoral Dental Education Program

On August 1, 2019, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted the status of Approval Without Reporting Requirements to the predoctoral dental education program sponsored by King Abdulaziz University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the first time an international predoctoral dental education program based outside the United States has received such a status from the Commission. 

For more details, please read the full article. There is also an FAQ document available for your reference.

CODA Publishes New Resource for Program Directors

The accreditation responsibilities of the director of a CODA-accredited program are continuous and are not limited to the periods of regularly-scheduled site visits. To assist directors in this ongoing task, CODA staff have published Maintaining a Program’s Accreditation, a detailed overview of accreditation duties for directors.

Download and read Maintaining a Program’s Accreditation (PDF).

Commission Statement Regarding Argosy University

Please download the Commission statement below regarding the Dental Hygiene program at Argosy University-Twin Cities Campus.

Adoption of CODA White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority

The Commission on Dental Accreditation, during its August 1, 2014 meeting, adopted the Commission on Dental Accreditation White Paper: Transition to an Operational Structure for Independent Authority.  The White Paper provides background on the role and responsibilities of the Commission, as well as the history of the Commission and its relationship to the American Dental Association (ADA).  The White Paper concludes with information related to a re-examination of the Commission’s relationship with the ADA.  Read the Commission’s White Paper: