Prior Approval Guidelines


Prior Approval Process Tutorial (video)

Prior Approval Instruction Manual (PDF)

Self Study Expert Review Form

Biosketch Form


State CPE Review Contact List


Step 1: Review the submission guidelines. Please note, all submissions are taken via the CDR website

Step 2: Log in to as your organization to access the prior approval request form

  • If your organization has submitted prior approval requests to CDR in the past, click here.
  • If your organization has never submitted prior approval requests to CDR, click here.

Step 3: If you are interested in promoting your CPE activities to over 100,000 CDR credentialed practitioners:

https://www.cdrnet.org/mailing-list-label-rental-for-credentialed-dietetics-practitioners

**If you do not remember your login information, please email priorapproval@eatright.org with the subject heading "Login" and your organization in the body for those requests


What information do I need to submit for a Live Activity?

What information do I need to submit for a Self Study?

What happens after I submit?

FAQs


LIVE ACTIVITIES

Workshops, Journal Clubs, Lectures, Seminars, Live Webinars, Teleseminars, Study Groups

The following information is required in the prior approval request form for Live Activities:

  1. Activity Type
  2. Activity Title
  3. Activity Contact Person and their phone number, and email address Activity Provider
  4. Number of CPE Hours Requested (one contact hour is equal to one CPEU; CPEUs are awarded in increments of 0.5)
  5. CPE Level
    1. Level I: Assumes that the participant has little or no prior knowledge of the area(s) covered.
    2. Level II: Assumes that the participant has general knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered.
    3. Level III: Assumes that the participant has thorough knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered.
  6. Target Audience
  7. Timing Outline/Agenda
  8. Resume/CV for each presenter
  9. Suggested Performance Indicator(s)
  10. Suggested Learning Need Code(s)
  11. Activity Date
  12. Location(s) (city & state) If the activity is to be held in multiple locations, please provide a listing that includes each city, state, and date.
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SELF STUDIES

The following information is required in the prior approval request form for Self Studies:
  1. Activity Type
  2. Activity Title
  3. Activity Contact Person and their phone number, and email address Activity Provider
  4. Number of CPE Hours Requested (one contact hour is equal to one CPEU; CPEUs are awarded in increments of 0.5)
  5. CPE Level
    1. Level I: Assumes that the participant has little or no prior knowledge of the area(s) covered.
    2. Level II: Assumes that the participant has general knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered.
    3. Level III: Assumes that the participant has thorough knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered.
  6. Target Audience
  7. Access to Self Study activities (either physical or electronic), including objectives of the activity stated in operational behavioral terms.
  8. A bibliography for reference and further reading. Complete references must be cited. Controversial or disputed issues must be presented as such, with documentation from current and reputable refereed scientific journals.
  9. Expert review forms from 3 content experts. These forms are available for download at the top of this page. The content experts should not be associated with the creation of the content of the program in any way.
  10. A resume, biosketch or Curriculum Vitae must be included for each content expert. Biosketch forms are available for download at the top of this page.
  11. Timing Outline/Agenda
  12. Resume/CV for each presenter
  13. Suggested Performance Indicator(s)
  14. Suggested Learning Need Code(s)
  15. Activity Date
  16. Location(s) (city & state) If the activity is to be held in multiple locations, please provide a listing that includes each city, state, and date. If the activity is web-based, you may leave the location blank.
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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT?

After you click “Submit Activity” at the bottom of your form, it will be sent for review. The following program types will always be reviewed by CDR staff:
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Annual Meetings
  • Multi-State Programs
Live activities will either be reviewed by the state affiliate or CDR, depending on the state in which your activity takes place. If the state affiliate will be reviewing your submission, they will be listed here: https://www.cdrnet.org/prior-approval-review-contacts. If you do not see your state listed, your submission will be reviewed by CDR staff.

Response Time
You can expect to get a response within 4 weeks of submission. You will be notified via email when your activity has been approved.

Return for Update
You may receive an email stating that your submission has been returned for update. This means that the reviewer is requesting more information or clarification. The reviewer will state in the email what information they are requesting. If this happens, you should log in to your provider account on www.cdrnet.org to update your prior approval request form. Once you are logged in, click on your activity to open it. Once it is open, click on “Modify” at the top of the page. You can then edit your form or upload additional documents. After you have made all necessary updates, click “Submit Activity” at the bottom of the screen. This will return your submission to the reviewer.

Advertising Your Event
When your activity has been approved, it will added to our online CPE database that is searchable by over 100,000 CDR credentialed practitioners. You also have the option of purchasing contact information from CDR so that you may advertise your event directly to these credentialed practitioners. If you’re interested in finding out more about our mailing list rental process, please visit this website:

https://www.cdrnet.org/mailing-list-label-rental-for-credentialed-dietetics-practitioners

After the Activity
Providers must provide each participant with a certificate of completion verifying completion of the activity; a template is available online upon logging in. Providers should also maintain a list of participants who completed their activity for at least seven (7) years. The approval status for live activities is valid for one (1) calendar year from date of approval. The approval status for self-studies is valid for three (3) calendar years from date of approval. After that time, approval status will expire.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can submit a prior approval request?

The prior approval request should be submitted by the activity provider, not the participant. If there is an activity that you, as the participant, would like to have prior approval, please contact the activity provider to see if they would be willing to submit a prior approval request. Please remember that if it is a live activity, it does not require prior approval in order for CDR credentialed practitioners to receive CPEUs. Refer to the Professional Development Portfolio Guide for information on activities which require prior approval, e.g., Self-Study activities.


Do I need to submit a prior approval request for a live activity?
Live activities do not require prior approval in order for a dietitian to receive continuing education credit from CDR. There are a few reasons why some organizations choose to submit prior approval requests for live activities:
  • It's a way of advertising their event (particularly helpful for someone organizing a large conference)
  • Once a lecture has been approved, and that lecture was recorded, RDs/DTRs could later watch the recording for continuing education credit for one year following the date of the activity
  • Some states require activities to be prior approved for a dietitian to use those continuing education credits for their state licensure. This varies by state.
I forgot my login credentials…help!
If you have forgotten your login credentials for your provider account, or if you are not sure if your organization already has an account, email priorapproval@eatright.org with Login as the subject and the name of your organization in the body of the email.
 
How long will it take to get my submission approved?
Please allow up to 4 weeks for a response. You will be notified via email when your activity has been approved.
 
Is there a fee?
Some states charge a fee to review live activities. If your state is listed here: https://www.cdrnet.org/prior-approval-review-contacts, contact the individual listed under your state to find out if there is a fee for your state.
 
CDR does not charge a fee to review live activities. There is no fee for submitting a prior approval request for Self Studies.
 
Can I save it and come back later?
You will need to complete the form in one sitting.
 
What counts for CPE credit in a live activity?
CPEUs are awarded for learning time. Breaks, meal times or networking are not awarded CPEUs.
 
Why can’t I update my submission?
You are only able to modify your submission when the status is "Returned for Update." If your status is “Pending” and you would like to make changes to your submission, email priorapproval@eatright.org  or call CDR at 800-877-1600 ext 5500, to have it returned to you so that you may update.
 
I forgot to submit and the event already happened – is it too late?
Prior approval requests must be submitted BEFORE the activity takes place. Prior approval is not granted for subsequent activities.

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