Beginning at 5:00 pm central time on Friday, September 22, 2017 the following MyCDR functions will not be available due to system upgrades.

PDP logs/plans, specialist certification applications, weight management registrations, CDR credential verification, temporary cards.

All functions should be restored and available by Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:00 pm central time.

Discontinuance of CPE Credit for LEAP/MRT Activities FAQ

In June 2014, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) established a moratorium on awarding continuing professional education for LEAP/MRT (mediator release assay)activities. This decision was made in response to practitioner concerns regarding the scientific evidence base for this program. 
Based on the practice paper entitled, Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies published in the October 2016  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and  Dietetics, CDR has made the decision to cease approving  LEAP and LEAP related  activities (i.e., certification courses, sponsored independent learning, etc.) for CPE credit effective in October 2016.  The practice paper documents that there is no evidence-base for MRT. The practice paper can be found here: http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(16)30935-2/fulltext

CDR recognizes that  
  • CDR credentialed practitioners who use MRT must weigh the risks and benefits of this strategy, for which there are no evidence-based guidelines.
  • Food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances are an evolving area of practice. The recently published practice paper is clear in only addressing food allergies, which are the best defined and have the most evidence for practice.
  • While there are many evidence-based methods for diagnosing food allergies, current evidence does not support use of the mediator release assay (MRT test) for diagnosing a food allergy, as noted in the recent Food Allergies practice paper.
  • We encourage any CDR credentialed dietetics practitioner working with clients with potential food allergies to utilize evidence-based practices as they implement the Nutrition Care Process. They should also stay abreast of the evolving body of evidence on this front to help interpret the science for their clients and patients.
 
Why did CDR establish a moratorium on the approval of CPEUs for completion of the LEAP certification or related activities and in June 2014?
  • This decision was made in response to practitioner concerns regarding the scientific evidence- base for this program. 

Why did CDR make the decision to discontinue CPE approval for completion of any LEAP certification related activities effective October 2016? 
  • Based on the practice paper  entitled, Role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies published  in the October 2016  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and  Dietetics, CDR has made the decision to cease approving  LEAP, or LEAP related activities (i.e., certification courses, sponsored independent learning etc.) for CPE credit effective in October 2016.  The practice paper documents that there is no evidence-base for MRT. 
 
Can CDR credentialed practitioners obtain CPE credit for completion of LEAP related certification activities completed/started prior to June 2014?
  • Yes, CDR credentialed practitioners can obtain credit for completion of the LEAP certifications ad activities started and/or completed before June 10, 2014.

Will CDR reconsider awarding CPE credit for LEAP/MRT activities in the future?
  • Yes, if there is evidence based research to support LEAP/MRT CDR will reconsider awarding continuing professional education credit in the future.