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Comments sought on proposal to make commercial entities ineligible for CERP recognition

November 07, 2018

By Kimber Solana

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition is seeking written comments through Jan. 31, 2019, on a proposal to make commercial entities no longer eligible for ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program, or CERP, recognition.
    
Image of CCEPR logoThe proposed revision is limited to a commercial entity's ability to apply for CERP recognition as a CE provider. Under the proposal, CERP-recognized continuing education providers could still accept support from a commercial entity as long as the commercial entity does not have a role in selecting or influencing CE content or instructors.
    
According to the proposal being circulated for comments, the proposed revision in the eligibility criteria for CERP would help support and clarify existing CERP requirements regarding independence of continuing education from commercial influence and would align with CE accreditation criteria in other health care professions.

Since 2009, accreditors of continuing medical, physician assisting, nursing, pharmacy and optometry education in the U.S. have not considered commercial entities eligible for accreditation.
    
In addition, the proposal notes that financial ties between the health professions and industry, if not managed appropriately, may create conflicts of interest that may unduly influence professional judgment, compromise the objectivity of education, impact the quality of patient care, and undermine the public's trust in the professions.
    
Currently, the ADA CERP Standard V.1 requires that "educational objectives, content development and selection of educational methods and instructors must be conducted independent of commercial interest."

The proposal states that "revising the CERP eligibility criteria to stipulate that commercial entities are not eligible for CERP recognition would further support and clarify existing CERP requirements regarding independence of CE from commercial influence, and would align with CE accreditation criteria in other health care professions."

To submit written comments, visit ADA.org/CCEPR or email CCEPR director Mary Borysewicz at borysewiczm@ada.org. The commission will review comments at its April 2019 meeting.