Prior Approval Information
- All submissions are taken via www.cdrnet.org. The person submitting the request should be logged in with their organization’s credentials, not with their personal credentials. If you have issues logging in, please refer them to CDR (800-877-1600 x5500 or email@example.com.
- If you have not created a provider account please click here.
- Once you are logged in, they click on “New Activity” in the top right corner ,to open the prior approval form. Once you have completed the form, which must be done in one sitting, click “Submit Activity” at the bottom of the page and you will be prompted to make your payment.
- You will receive email confirmation that your activity has been submitted. Once the CPE acitvity is approved, you will receive another email notification.
Prior approval of a continuing professional education activity does not constitute endorsement by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Beginning June 1, 2018, CDR is implementing a prior- approval application fee for CPE activities submitted for prior approval to CDR.
The fee structure is as follows:
1-10 CPEUs= $30
11 or more CPEUs =$60
Payment must be made through the online system by credit card.
*Excludes state affiliate prior- approval
170 Lectures and Seminars
140 Experiential Skills Development
150 Interactive Workshop
160 Journal Clubs
210 Residency and Fellowship Programs
230 Study Groups
When submitting for a live activity, please include the following within the online application.
- Activity Type
- Dates – the prior approval request must be submitted before the activity has taken place
- Number of CPEUs requested
- 1 Contact Hour = 1 CPEU
- Timing Outline/Agenda
- This should include:
- Name(s) of presenter(s)
- Topics that will be covered
- Duration of activity
- No CPEUs are awarded for breaks/mealtimes/networking
- This should include:
- Resume/CV for each presenter
- This should include their education credentials and name of institution where the degree was earned
Self-study activities are defined as educational materials (e.g., audio, video, and web-basematerials, study kits, modules, and publications) used for individual study. Academic correspondence courses are not considered self-study activities.
Only activities preapproved by CDR or from CDR-approved CPE providers will be accepted for self-study CPEUs. All activities listed in CDR’s CPE online database at cdrnet.org/database are preapproved by CDR.
To receive CPE credit for self-study materials, the practitioner must meet all CPE provider requirements for the product (including complying with deadlines, completing examinations, making payments, etc.).
CPE providers seeking CDR preapproval must be aware that self-study CPE activities must meet all the following criteria in order for RDNs or RDs, and NDTRs or DTRs to receive CPEUs:
- Content: The refereed activity must meet the content criteria for continuing education as stated in the Continuing Professional Education Guidelines, including “Content should apply to the field of nutrition and dietetics. In this case, “refereed” denotes a review by a minimum of three independent professionals with demonstrated expertise in the content area. For self-study programs addressing diet and nutrition topics all three of the referees must be a Commission on Dietetic Registration registered dietitian or dietetic technician, registered. For self-study programs addressing non-diet and non-nutrition topics at least one of the referees must be a Commission on Dietetic Registration registered dietitian or dietetic technician, registered Referees’ academic degrees should be relevant, and granted by a US regionally accredited institution. Foreign academic degrees accredited by foreign equivalent institutions are accepted under the condition that they have been verified by one of the agencies listed on the Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies list. Each referee must complete and sign the review form attesting to the number hours it takes to complete the course and the course content currency. The Referees should not be associated with the creation of the content of the program in any way. Please see the Appendix for Referee forms.
- Include CDRs Critical Thinking Tool* CDR will implement this as required component of all prior approved self-study products and self-study products offered by CDR Accredited Providers effective for programs approved or re-approved on or after January 1, 2020.
- Presenters/developers: Instructors or individuals who develop CPE materials will 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 US regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent.
- Publications in scientific, peer-reviewed professional journals or presentations at scientific, peer reviewed conferences may also be used to help establish expertise.
- Scientific integrity: The provider is responsible for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of the activities. Potential conflicts of interest, including commercial bias, will be disclosed. A balanced discussion of the topic, including risk versus benefit information where appropriate, will be ensured. Controversial or disputed issues must be presented as such and supported by documentation from current and reputable refereed scientific journals.
- Length: The activity must be a minimum of a one-half (0.5) contact hour in length.
- Assessment of learner: An evaluative component— four option multiple choice test questions for study materials—must accompany the activity. Professional test question writers are required to develop the test questions for the activity. Proof of item writier training must be uploaded with the CPE application i.e. CDR Item Writing Workshop or other formal training.
- Must contain a bibliography.
- Self-study CPE activities, regardless of their format, will be eligible for CPE credit for up to 3 years from the date of their initial publication.
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.
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 may advertise that the CPE activity is CDR approved, however, you may not use CDRs logo. 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:
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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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 program planning. This policy change iseffective 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.
- 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 US regionally accredited institution. 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 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.