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CDR Prior Approved Activities and CPEU Eligible Activities must meet the following: 

  1. CPE is nutrition and dietetics related and updates, enhances, or assesses knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional dietetics practice. 
  1. Stated learning objectives and anticipated outcomes apply to professional or inter-professional nutrition and dietetics practice or intended practice as defined by the Essential Practice Competencies. 
  1. Educational content is relevant to knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional nutrition and dietetics practice and provides learning outcomes that apply to professional, inter-professional, or intended practice of the target audience. 
  1. Those responsible for CPE content have appropriate academic training (i.e., an academic degree from a university accredited by a USDE-recognized accrediting agency or a foreign academic degree accredited by a foreign institution that has been verified by one of the agencies listed on the Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies List), certification, and / or demonstrated expertise in the relevant subject area. Methods for providing informal feedback or formal feedback and assessment to the learner or learners are included for live and enduring activities. Planning and instructional methods are appropriate for the Activity Type / setting and support learning objectives and promote outcomes.  
  1. Educational content is based on the best available research evidence, which is supported by documentation from reputable, peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Areas of doubt, uncertainty, and / or controversy are clearly identified and communicated. Referenced content supports safe, effective customer care or service.  
  1. Educational content is absent of commercial bias and marketing. Disclosure of commercial support as well as disclosure of conflict of interest or lack thereof, are provided before learner participation in the CPE activity. 
  1. CPE activities are a minimum of one (1) CPEU. Exceptions include professional reading, poster presentations, enduring, and mixed activities, which can be a minimum of 0.5 CPEUs. Activities can be rounded to the nearest quarter hour (.25 CPEUs). One CPEU is equivalent to one contact hour. 
  1. CPE addressing nutrition and diet topics includes a CDR-credentialed RD or DTR in program planning. See exclusions*.
  1. CPE complies with CDR CPEU Prior Approved or CPEU Eligible Activity Type definitions. 



  1. Joint Accreditation Accrediting Organizations Activities offered by Providers accredited by Joint Accreditation Accrediting Organizations (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education [ACCME], Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education [ACPE], American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], American Academy of Physician Assistants [AAPA], Association of Social Work Boards [ASWB], American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program [ADA CERP], American Psychological Association [APA], Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer [BOC], and Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education [ARBO/COPE])  
  2. Joint Accreditation Accredited Providers CE Offered by Jointly Accredited Providers  
  3. Academic Coursework (Activity Type 100) 100 - Academic Coursework Nutrition and dietetics-related academic coursework, including distance learning, at a university accredited by a USDE recognized accrediting agency can be awarded CPEUs. Under the activity description in your Activity Log, indicate whether the coursework was taken during a semester, trimester, or quarter. Academic coursework that qualifies for CPE credit must be started after you have become an RD or DTR and must be completed in your current recertification cycle and the course completion date shall not extend beyond the last day of the term. For those RDs or DTRs concluding a 5-year recertification cycle, the date of completion of academic coursework can be the date of notification of successful course completion. However, successful notice must be received by May 31 of the last year of the recertification cycle.  
  4. Other organizations Activities offered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and American Public Health Association (APHA) 

For recertification cycles ending 2025-2029, please review the relevant Content Criteria here

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