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CDR Connection— Fall 2019

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CDR Connection— Fall 2019

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Chair / Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative
Vice Chair
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD
Public Member
Micheal W Giles, BA, MA, PhD

Elizabeth (Lisa) S Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM
LeGreta Hudson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Young Hee Kim, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAND
Valaree Williams, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, FAND
CDR DTR Representative
Amanda R Coufal, BS, NDTR
Newly Credentialed Practitioner Representative 
Samantha Reilly, MS,  RD
Board Certified Specialist Representatives
D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to share this Fall 2019 edition of its newsletter, CDR Connection: Power Your Future! In this issue we are highlighting:

  • CDR nomination process
  • Prior Approval Required for Self-Study CPE
  • Obtaining an National Practitioner Identification Number
  • And More!

We hope that you find this newsletter informative and helpful!

To view past issues go to

Beth Taylor, Chair
Commission on Dietetic Registration


CDR Call for Nominations


The CDR Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for visionary and dedicated individuals for the 2020 CDR national ballot.
Submit nominations to
Positions to be filled are:

  • Two (2) Registered Dietitians (3-year term)

  • One (1) Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (3-year term)

  • One (1) Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition (3-year term)

Nominations are due November 1, 2019. Learn more about the criteria for the CDR positions by clicking here.

Nominations may be submitted by an online form or by emailing

Did You Know?

The self-study activity type is one of the most popular CPE options for CDR credentialed practitioners. Self-study programs are defined as educational materials (e.g., audio, video, and web-based materials, study kits, modules and publications) used for individual study. Academic correspondence courses are not considered self-study programs.

The following are categories of pre-approved, self-study programs for which CPEUs can be awarded provided the criteria described in the PDP Guide for the self-study activity type have been met

· 700 Audio-based (e.g., CD, Podcast, etc.)

· 710 Computer-based (e.g., CD-ROM or non-internet based)

· 720 Printed (e.g., booklets, CPE articles in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

· 730 Video-, DVD-, or CD- based 7

· 740 Web-based (e.g., Internet or online learning)

Only activities prior-approved by CDR or from CDR accredited  CPE providers or those offered by the following organizations will be accepted for self-study CPEUs:

· AAFP – American Academy of Family Physicians

· AANP – American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

· AAPA – American Academy of Physician Assistants

· ACCME – Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

· ACPE – Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

· ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center

· APA – American Psychiatric Association APA – American Psychological Association

· APHA – American Public Health Association

Activities listed in CDR’s CPE Online Database, are all prior-approved by CDR.

CDR News Highlights

Obtaining an National Practitioner Identification Number (NPI)

The NPI is a unique, 10-digit, identification number for health care providers, practitioners, and suppliers of health care services. The NPI is an important means of demonstrating a viable workforce of qualified providers and practitioners to payors and other external stakeholders.

All credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners (RDNs and NDTRs) should have an individual NPI regardless of work environment, employment status, or whether claims are submitted to payers.

The NPI can be used everywhere, so if an individual works at more than one practice location or setting, that individual does not need to get two NPIs. An NPI does not expire or deactivate, unless the individual deactivates it.

For more information go to the following link: Obtaining an National Practitioner Identification Number

Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Certification Update

At its May 2019 meeting, CDR made several changes to the Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition certification program:

Update to CDR’s Approved Certifications Claimed for Continuing Education

CDR awards CPE credit for professional certifications (not RD or DTR) offered by CDR or other recognized certification providers.

CDR has revised criteria for determining the number of CPE credits awarded for the completion of an approved certification. CPE credits are now assigned  based on the minimum degree and/or credential required for eligibility to obtain the certification. The full listing of certifications can be found here.

Minimum Credential and/or Education Requirements for Other Certifications Other Certification Maintenance Requirement – (by re-examination or CPE) CPEUs Awarded for CDR Recognized Professional Credentials
RD and/or MS  Re-examination
every five years
75 CPEUs
RD and/or MS CPE 50 CPEUs
BS or BA CPE  40 CPEUs

This change will be phased in over five years beginning with the CDR recertification cycle starting June 2, 2019. CDR credentialed practitioners will be able to log the assigned CPE credits for the approved certifications towards consecutive CDR recertification cycles. Please note that all CDR credentialed practitioners must also complete one CPE credit addressing ethics in addition to the certification.

This new policy will affect RDs and DTRs beginning with recertification cycles listed below:
New RDs and DTRs

  1. Beginning June 2, 2019–Ending May 31, 2025

Recertifying RDs and DTRs

  1. Beginning June 1, 2020–Ending May 31, 2025
  2. Beginning June 1, 2021–Ending May 31, 2026
  3. Beginning June 1, 2022–Ending May 31, 2027
  4. Beginning June 1, 2023–Ending May 31, 2028
  5. Beginning June 1, 2024–Ending May 31, 2029

Continuing Professional Education Approval Criteria

CDR has revised the current continuing professional education approval criteria to require that all continuing professional education activity types (excluding academic coursework) addressing diet and nutrition topics, include an RD or DTR in program planning*. This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying beginning a new recertification cycle on or after June 2, 2018.

*Academic Coursework, and CPE activities offered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Public Health Association (APHA), pharmacy, dentistry, and speech language pathology societies and associations are excluded from this requirement.

New Online Assess and Learn Module

A new online Assess & Learn module entitled, The Role of Nutrition in Health Promotion and Prevention, is now available at In this module there are five case scenarios, each addressing one of the five levels of the social ecological model. The scenarios are interrelated to reinforce the concept that CDR credentialed practitioners can address primary prevention of overweight and obesity through many diverse approaches. The scenarios also demonstrate the interconnectedness of RDs’ work across a community and the need for RDs to be players and leaders at all levels and in all sectors of society. The content provided for any one level is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of competencies for that level, but the knowledge, competencies and skills assessed across all five levels will give CDR credentialed practitioners a good sense of their role in the social ecological approach to nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

Cost: $64.99 for 7 CPEUs.

Questions? Please email

Ethics CPE requirement

What is the ethics requirement?

As a part of their recertification RDs and DTRs are required to complete at least 1 hour of continuing education related to the topic of ethics during each 5-year cycle.

There is no one single activity that you must complete to satisfy this requirement, as long as a continuing education program's content is primarily about a matter of professional ethics and how it relates to your practice. This can be either a live or self-study activity though one should be mindful that all self-study activities must be either: CDR Prior Approved, offered by a CDR Accredited Program Provider, or have approval from a similar credentialing body, such as the ACCME or the ANCC (click here for a full list).

You will be unable to submit your Activity Log without including at least 1 CPEU of Ethics.

Some helpful links:

You can find ethics-related activities by searching the CPE Online Database, which compiles all activities that have been prior approved, or offered by CDR Accredited Providers.

If you are a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics you will be able to access some complimentary CPEUs by reading the following ethics-related articles from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsClick here to access ethics resources.

CDR Sessions FNCE 2019

For Students and Educators
Sunday, October 27, 2019

10:00 – 11:30 am
The Registration Examination Experience
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room 119 AB
Presiding Officer: Katy Lawson, MS, RD, CD

1:30 – 3:00 pm
CDR, ACEND and Academy Joint Session:
Myths and Realities about Future Requirements for Registered Dietitians

Pennsylvania Convention Center – Ballroom B

For CDR Credentialed Practitioners
Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm
CDR: 50 Years of Credentialing Excellence
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room 119 AB
Presiding Officer: Beth E Taylor, DCN, RDN-AP, LDN, CNSC, FCCM

Monday, October 28, 2019
1:30 – 3:00 pm
PDP Practice Competencies Session
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room 121 ABC

Dietetic Technician, Registered Marketing Initiative

CDR has initiated a marketing initiative to promote the value of the DTR credential to employers and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program directors. During focus groups with educators and dietetic technicians, DPD program directors were identified as a primary target audience for the bachelor’s degree, DPD program graduate dietetic technician. A promotional poster highlighting the many practice roles for credentialed dietetic technicians and promotional brochures highlighting the dietetic technician role in different practice settings, school nutrition, public health, acute care and long-term care are available via PDF on CDR’s website ( or by contacting CDR at 800/877-1600, 5500 to request copies.

Dietetic Technician registry growth statistics have remained static in 2018 after seven years of steady growth. CDR is hopeful that this marketing effort will positively impact registry growth. Please visit the CDR website at the following link for more information

Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs

Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults

Upcoming program:

May 14-15, 2020
Rochester, New York

Registration to open in December 2019

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, and registration deadlines:

Also, coming in 2020 will be the newly aligned pediatric and adult weight management program:

June 24-26, 2020
Portland, Oregon

October 14-16, 2020 (Pre-FNCE 2020)
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Visit the CDR website at in December 2019 for an update.

Don't forget to check out the "Resources" tab on our website for free information for all credentialed practitioners!

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Staff Contact Information - 1/800-877-1600

Christine Reidy, RD - Executive Director, ext. 4857

Kay Manger-Hague, RD - Director - Credentialing Operations, ext. 4777

Pearlie Johnson-Freeman, MBA - Director, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Rebecca Beavers – Sr. Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4781

Beth Crowley Garst, RD, Sr.  Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4718

Caitlin Griffin - Sr. Manager of Professional Development, ext. 4715

Jessica Rapey, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4816

Kim White, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4758

Marka Ambrose - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Hallee Brennan - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1739

Elaine Butler - Manager, Examination & Licensure, ext. 4859

Kelly Kim - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 4830

Chris Kralik - Sr. Manager, Monitoring and Compliance, ext. 1742

Tracy Strong - Manager, Weight Management Programs, ext 4783

Samantha Sullivan, RD - Manager, Professional Assessment, ext. 4724

Roxanne Way Carter - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4749

Tiffany Welch - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4764