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Core Criteria

Each educational session/self-study product must meet the following criteria:

  • All continuing professional education activity types addressing diet and nutrition topics* must include an RD or DTR in the program planning. This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying or 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.
  • Are Dietetics related Dietetics related means: The integration, application, and communication of principles derived from food, nutrition, social, business, and basic sciences to achieve and maintain optimal nutritional status of individuals through the development, provision, and management of effective food and nutrition services in a variety of settings and as defined by the essential practice competencies. 
  • Are relevant to knowledge, skills, behavior, and attitudes of professional dietetics practice. 
  • Are developed by instructors or individuals who have appropriate academic training, certification, or demonstrated expertise to present or develop materials in a particular subject area. 
  • Academic degrees should be relevant and from a USDE recognized accrediting agency. Foreign academic degrees accredited by foreign equivalent institutions are accepted on the condition that they have been verified by one of the agencies listed on the Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies list on pages 21 - 22 of the Appendix. Publications in scientific, peer-reviewed professional journals or presentations at scientific, peer-reviewed conferences may also be used to help establish expertise. 
  • Demonstrate that the content, quality, and scientific integrity of activities and materials are maintained. 
  • Presentations and materials that are clinical in nature are evidence-based. A balanced discussion of the topic, including risk versus benefit information where appropriate, is ensured. Controversial or disputed issues are presented as such and supported by documentation from current and reputable, refereed, scientific journals.
  • Disclose potential conflicts of interest, including commercial bias.
  • Are (typically) a minimum of one (1) contact hour in length. Exceptions include professional reading, poster presentations and exhibits, and self-study activities, which can be a minimum of 0.5 CPEUs. 
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) offerings must comply with all CDR Approved Activity Type specific criteria. 


For additional self-study content criteria, click here.