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CERP Provider Newsletter 2020—Edition One

Message From the Chair CERP Workshop 
CERP Collaborates with Joint Accreditation  List Your Courses
Eligibility Questionaire Application Deadlines
October 2019 Meeting Report Contact CCEPR Staff


Message from the Chair

CCEPR chairperson Susan ReedThe Commission is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration of ADA CERP with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. This new collaboration expands Joint Accreditation to include the dental profession in interprofessional continuing education activities (IPCE) designed for an interprofessional healthcare team, and will help promote oral health as an integral part of overall health.

Participation in Joint Accreditation further aligns CERP Recognition Standards with those of the U.S. accreditors of continuing education in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistants, optometry, psychology and social work. The collaboration supports dental professionals to coordinate care with other professionals, and continues the development and practice of interdisciplinary education (IPE) begun during pre-and post-graduate dental training. It also advances the Commission's mission "to support professional competence and continuous improvement of patient care." By encouraging opportunities for educating a more diverse and more complete team, we work together towards improved public health.

Susan G. Reed, DDS, MPH, DrPH, 2019-2020 CCEPR Chair

ADA CERP Collaborates with Joint Accreditation to Help Support Interprofessional CE

The Commission has entered into a new collaboration with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ that will help increase opportunities for dentists to participate in continuing healthcare education. Beginning in 2020, providers that are approved through Joint Accreditation may also elect to receive CERP recognition and offer continuing dental education credits. The Commission believes this has the potential to help foster team-based education and support dentistry’s role in the continuum of health care.

Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education in medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physician assisting, psychology, social work, and now dentistry, through a single, unified application process. To be eligible for Joint Accreditation, at least 25% of a provider’s activities must be interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities. 

“We celebrate our collaboration with our colleague accreditor, ADA CERP, because it recognizes the importance of oral health and the vital contributions of dentists to improving team care. With IPCE, all voices are heard—and this collaboration empowers educators to expand the diversity of their IPCE programs to better meet the needs of their learners and the patients we all serve,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®). The ACCME is a co-founder of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

The ADA CERP Recognition Standards and application process remain in place for providers whose programs focus primarily on continuing dental education. However, for providers that develop IPCE and maintain multiple accreditations, Joint Accreditation establishes a single accreditation process. 

CERP recognized providers that are also accredited to offer CE in other health professions may wish to learn more about Joint Accreditation. CERP providers that have Joint Accreditation and wish to obtain CERP recognition through Joint Accreditation instead of through the separate CERP application process should contact Commission staff. 

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CERP Eligibility Questionnaire Planned for 2020

In 2019 the Commission announced changes to the eligibility requirements for CERP recognition. Effective July 1, 2023, providers that are commercial interests 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 will be asked to complete an online questionnaire in 2020. New applicants will also be required to complete a pre-application eligibility questionnaire to help identify if a provider itself is a commercial interest, or is owned or controlled by a commercial interest.  Announcements regarding the questionnaire will be sent to all CERP recognized providers in the second quarter of 2020.

ADA CERP defines commercial interests as “(1) An individual or entity that produces, markets, resells or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, or (2) an individual or entity that is owned or controlled by an individual or entity that produces, markets, resells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Providing clinical services directly to or for patients (e.g., a dental practice, dental lab, or diagnostic lab) does not, by itself, make an individual or entity a commercial interest.”

Any individual or organization that is currently an ADA CERP recognized provider and is also a commercial interest, as defined by CERP, may apply for continued recognition during the regular application cycles through 2022. However, the recognition terms of all commercial interests will end no later than June 30, 2023.

The Commission adopted this change to reduce the opportunity for commercial bias in continuing dental education, and to align CERP continuing dental education standards with those of other healthcare professions. 

The revised CERP Eligibility Criteria will not prohibit CERP recognized providers from accepting support from commercial interests, as long as the commercial interest does not have a role in selecting or influencing CE content or instructors, consistent with existing CERP requirements that CE be developed independent of commercial interest (CERP Standard V.1). Providers must also ensure that all commercial support is managed in accordance with other requirements outlined in Standard V, including letters of agreement between the parties documenting the terms and conditions of the support and full published disclosure of any support. 

Report of Commission’s October 2019 Meeting

At its meeting October 3-4, the Commission considered 12 new applications for ADA CERP recognition, 74 applications for continued recognition, 10 progress reports, five requests for reconsideration of intent to withdraw and one report of substantive change. Including the Commission’s April 2019 actions on recognition, 473 CE providers are currently ADA CERP recognized. View the official list of CERP recognized providers and the report of major actions from the meeting on

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CERP Workshop in Orlando Scheduled for October 18, 2020

The Commission will present a two hour educational session for CE providers during the ADA’s 2020 annual meeting in Orlando, which is being held in conjunction with the Florida Dental Association. The interactive session will review CERP Standards and will help providers identify ways to demonstrate compliance with those Standards. ADA CERP Recognition: A Workshop for CE Providers is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2020, 9–11 am.  

List Your Courses on

CERP recognized providers are encouraged to post information about their courses on the CCEPR web site. Dental professionals anywhere in the world can access the CERP Course Listing and search for courses by date, location, provider, or category. The course listing is advertised periodically in ADA publications. For information on how to login and post course information, contact Kelli Cousins at

CERP Application Deadlines

For providers with recognition terms ending June 30, 2020, applications for continued recognition are due by January 10, 2020. Application forms and instructions for this cohort of providers were emailed in June. Please contact Commission staff immediately if your recognition ends in June 2020 and you have not received application materials. 

Providers with recognition terms ending in December 2020 were sent application materials in December 2019. Applications for this cohort are due June 26, 2020.

To help ensure timely receipt of re-application materials, please notify CCEPR staff of any personnel changes.

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Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

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Contact Information

Commission staff are available to assist you.