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Call for comments on CERPs proposed changes to eligibility criteria extended to Feb. 1

January 02, 2012

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure has proposed that "commercial entities"—defined by the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program as companies that produce, market, re-sell or distribute health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients—should no longer be eligible to apply to become ADA CERP approved providers of continuing dental education.

The proposed change would only apply to companies that manufacture, distribute or market health care products or services. It would not apply to dental organizations or schools, education companies, or providers of patient care such as hospitals and group practices.

The proposed change would not prohibit commercial entities from providing commercial support to independent CE providers in accordance with existing ADA CERP standards.

The council believes that the proposed changes will:

  • Reduce opportunities for commercial bias in continuing dental education. A conflict of interest exists when a company with a vested interest in a product also controls the content of continuing education on that topic.
  • Bring ADA CERP into accord with Food and Drug Administration and other federal and state agencies’ guidelines requiring that CE for the health care professions be controlled by CE providers independent of commercial interests.
  • Align ADA CERP eligibility requirements with accreditation standards for continuing medical, nursing, pharmacy and osteopathy education.

In response to feedback to the call for comments circulated in 2011, CDEL has proposed an additional clarification stating that all providers will be screened during a pre-application process to determine whether they are commercial entities, even though they fall in categories that may be eligible to participate.

The updated revisions proposed to the CERP Eligibility Criteria and FAQs are posted at The comment period on the proposed changes has been extended until Feb. 1.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the proposed revisions by Feb. 1. Comments may be forwarded by email, fax or mail to, fax: 1-312-440-2915, or ADA CERP, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.