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Comments sought to review ADA CERP Recognition Standards

May 04, 2015

By Kimber Solana

As the first step in conducing a comprehensive review of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards over the next two years, the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition is seeking comments due Aug. 1 on the ADA CERP Recognition Standards.

The planned comprehensive review will ensure the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program’s Recognition Standards continue to establish relevant criteria for quality continuing dental education, according to CCEPR.

“Standards are not stagnant, they should be dynamic and should reflect changes in our profession and our ability to educate our members,” said Dr. Alan L. Felsenfeld, CCEPR chair, noting the standards were last reviewed in 2008. “The net outcome of all this is to ensure dentists receive high quality education to support their continued professional development.” 
The ADA CERP Recognition Standards form the basis for evaluating CE providers and recognizing those that meet certain basic standards of educational quality.

Specific objectives of CERP are to:

  • Improve the educational quality of CE programs through self-evaluation conducted by the CE program provider in relation to the ADA CERP Recognition Standards.
  • Assure participants that recognized CE providers have the organizational structure and resources necessary to provide CE activities of acceptable educational quality that assist the participant in providing an enhanced level of patient care.
  • Promote uniform standards for CE.
  • Assist regulatory agencies and other organizations in identifying those CE providers whose activities are acceptable for credit toward licensure or membership requirements.

Conducting the comprehensive review of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards was among the decisions made by the newly created CCEPR, which held its first meeting March 19-20 at ADA Headquarters. The 2014 House of Delegates established CCEPR to oversee the ADA CERP program in an effort to remove potential conflicts of interest and enhance the governance of CERP.

Comments from interested parties regarding the CERP Recognition Standards, particularly areas where revisions may be needed, will be reviewed by the commission at its meeting in September. If the review and evaluation of the standards result in any proposed revision, CCEPR will circulate the proposals to the communities of interest for input.
As part of the review process, the commission will also evaluate accreditation standards for CE in other health professions and consider best practices for conducting programmatic accreditation and recognition.

Submit written comments to or mailed to Mary Borysewicz, CCEPR director, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.