Recognized providers must meet annual reporting requirements and periodically submit applications for continued recognition.
Maintain ADA CERP Recognition
Actions to maintain compliance
Review your program’s most recent CERP Decision report to identify ways to improve your program’s compliance with ADA CERP Recognition Standards (PDF). You will be asked to demonstrate improvements you made in response to citations in the Decision report.
The ADA CERP standards and criteria are subject to review and modification from time to time by the Commission at its discretion. To retain recognition, continuing dental education providers must comply with ADA CERP standards and criteria as modified.
Review fee schedule for providers in the U.S. and Canada and the fee schedule for international providers.
Recognized providers will receive instructions and application materials for continued recognition approximately 12 months before the end of their current recognition term. You will have approximately six months to prepare the application before the submission deadline.
You may check your current recognition term on the list of ADA CERP recognized providers. If your recognition term ends in December, your application will be due in June. If your recognition term ends in June, your application will be due in January.
Applications for continued recognition are reviewed by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition. The Commission may award continued recognition terms of two, three or four years, based on the provider’s demonstrated level of compliance with the Recognition Standards and the history of any complaints against the provider.
Providers completing their initial recognition term, and any providers that received a 2-year term of recognition at their last review, must complete the Standard Application for Recognition. In addition, any providers that submitted an Abbreviated Application at the time of their last review, must complete the Standard Application. Examples of the ADA CERP Standard Application for Recognition (DOCX) and instructions (PDF) are available for review.
ADA CERP recognized providers that receive a term of recognition of three or four years after submitting a Standard Application at the time of their last comprehensive review, will be eligible to complete an Abbreviated Application for Continued Recognition as long as the Commission has not received any substantiated complaints about the program or identified the need for additional information as a result of a substantive change to the program. The Abbreviated Application contains fewer questions than the Standard Application.
A provider completing the Abbreviated Application in one review cycle must complete the Standard Application at the time of its next review. If the provider receives a three or four year term of recognition after submitting the Standard Application, it will once again be eligible to complete an Abbreviated Application.
Providers eligible to complete the Abbreviated Application will be notified by the Commission.
The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition may take one of several actions on an application for continued recognition.
Recognition approved. The Commission may award a recognition term of two, three or four years, based on the provider’s level of compliance with the Recognition Standards and the complaint history of the provider. Providers will receive a decision report stating the provider’s new recognition term. The report may also describe the required criteria for compliance, and some standard language describing requirements the provider did not fully meet.
Action postponed. If the Commission determine that more information is required to make a decision regarding recognition status, the Commission may postpone action pending submission of additional information or a new or revised application.
Intent to withdraw. If the Commission finds that an application does not demonstrate that the provider meets the ADA CERP Standards, the provider will be informed of the Commission’s intent to withdraw recognition unless the provider demonstrates that it has made changes to bring its program into compliance by a date specified by the Commission. The provider will receive a decision report citing the ADA CERP requirements and recommendations for improvements to the provider’s CE program. The Commission will also supply information about the process and timeline for requesting reconsideration.
Recognition may be contingent on submission of one or more progress reports at specified intervals. A progress report communicates to the Commission information about the steps you have taken to address findings of non-compliance noted in a decision report. The progress report includes a narrative description of improvements made in specific areas of noncompliance and documentation of changes you have made in practice to improve compliance with the ADA CERP Standards.