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News and Announcements

Call for Nominations
CERP Provider Annual Reports and Fees Due

CCEPR Guidance on Online CE Activities
List Your COVID-19 CE Activities 
ADA CERP Participates in Joint Accreditation
CERP Eligibility Criteria Revised
Webinar Available 

CERP Providers Granted Six Month Extensions

In response to potential business disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, at its April 2020 meeting the Commission granted all currently recognized providers a 6-month extension on their recognition terms.  Extensions are subject to providers’ eligibility to participate in the program and meet ADA CERP program requirements. Providers will also receive a six-month extension of their next due date for submitting applications for continued recognition.  

View a published list of CERP providers’ updated recognition terms displaying the new recognition term end dates.  Application materials for continued recognition will be emailed to providers approximately six months before the application due date. 

Call for Nominations of CCEPR Public Member

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition requests nominations to fill an open position for a public member to serve on the Board of Commissioners. The public member brings a valuable public/consumer perspective to the Commission’s deliberations.

The primary duties of the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition are to:

a.  Formulate and adopt requirements, guidelines and procedures for the recognition of continuing dental education providers. 
b.  Approve providers of continuing dental education programs and activities. 

Potential candidates may be nominated by an organization or may nominate themselves.  Interested parties should review the Commission’s responsibilities and the CCEPR Criteria for a Public Member (PDF) and download the CCEPR Public Member Application Form (DOCX). 

Contact CCEPR staff for more information.

CERP Provider Annual Reports and Fees Due

The CERP provider annual report is due June 1. Links to the annual report survey were emailed in early March. In addition, invoices for the CERP 2021 annual fee were emailed in February; payment of the annual fee is due March 15. 

If you did not receive an email with a link to your annual report survey, or an invoice for the 2021 Annual fee, please contact CCEPR staff.

CCEPR Guidance on Online CE Activities

With many providers offering CE courses online, the Commission has prepared a summary of CERP requirements for online CE (PDF), including live and recorded events. Providers are also encouraged to review the CERP Recognition Standards, in particular Standard VI.8-9.

List Your COVID-19 CE Activities on

To help dental professionals find timely and relevant CE activities, CERP recognized providers are encouraged to list their courses on Courses related to the coronavirus can be tagged with a search term for COVID-19.

Contact CCEPR staff for information on posting courses on this site.

ADA CERP participates in Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education

Joint Accreditation offers organizations that develop interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education credit for multiple health professions through a unified accreditation process and set of accreditation standards. With this new collaboration between Joint Accreditation and the ADA’s Continuing Education Recognition Program, organizations that are jointly accredited now have the option to include dentists in their education programs, without needing to attain a separate accreditation with ADA CERP.

Joint Accreditation gives providers that design at least 25% of their CE activities for an interprofessional audience the opportunity to offer continuing education credits in medicine, nursing, optometry, PAs (physician assistants), pharmacy, psychology, social work, and now dentistry. Read the complete Joint Accreditation news release.

CERP recognized providers that are currently accredited through Joint Accreditation, and that wish to obtain CERP recognition through the single Joint Accreditation process rather than the separate CERP application process, should contact CCEPR staff.  

ADA CERP Eligibility Criteria Revised

In 2019 the Commission announced changes to the eligibility requirements for CERP recognition. Effective July 1, 2023, providers that are commercial interests, as defined by ADA CERP, will no longer be eligible for CERP recognition. Providers that qualify as commercial interests may maintain their recognition status through June 30, 2023 by fulfilling normal program requirements.
To identify the providers that will be affected by this change, all CERP recognized providers were sent an online “commercial interest questionnaire” in December 2020. The Commission will review providers’ responses to the survey at its April 2021 meeting. Survey responses will be used to identify if a provider itself is a commercial interest, or is owned or controlled by a commercial interest. Providers will be informed of the Commission’s findings in June 2021. In addition, all new applicants are now required to complete a pre-application eligibility questionnaire as a first step in the application process.

CERP Webinar: An Overview of the CERP Standards and Application Process

A recording of a webinar for CERP providers is available on the Commission’s website. The webinar, presented by CCEPR staff, reviews the purpose and function of the CERP Standards and the application process.