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Accreditation Updates

Information about the Commission on Dental Accreditation's activities is available to everyone. The Commission meets twice a year, usually in the winter and the summer. Following each meeting the communities of interest are notified via email that the CODA Communicator is available on the Commission’s website; this newsletter is available to all of CODA’s communities of interest.

If you have not received a notification regarding the CODA Communicator, please contact Ms. Marjorie Hooper, and she will add your email address to the Commission’s distribution for the next issue.

Additionally, hearings on standards are held at various meetings during which comments may be submitted to CODA on proposed or revised Accreditation Standards. Please review the left navigation, where you can access the proposed accreditation standards out for comment. CODA's meeting materials may also be of interest.

News and Highlights:

CODA Pursues Alternative Site Visit Methods

At its August 2020 meeting, CODA considered ongoing operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on site visits. The Commission directed that it pursue alternative site visit methods, as needed to employ in 2021. The Commission further directed investigation and development of policies and procedures for alternative site visit methods, with a report to CODA in Winter 2021.

Following a review of the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alternative Site Visit Methods at its February 12, 2021 meeting, the Commission adopted a number of actions regarding the use of alternative site visit methods, including but not limited to establishing new policy on the use of virtual site visits, creating new site visitor and program manuals covering alternative site visit methods, and producing new educational webinars.

Online Submissions Portal Launched

In Winter 2021, the Commission launched an Online Submissions Portal to support those who wish to submit applications, self-studies or large reports to staff without using email or land-based shipping. The Commission will no longer accept reports submitted by postal mail.

Phase I of an electronic accreditation system, the internal database, was implemented in August 2019. This Online Submissions Portal represents the next phase, a web portal accessible by programs and CODA volunteers. As mentioned before in this publication, CODA staff members have devoted significant time and effort to testing in order to ensure the system is error-free. Visit the Electronic Submissions Guidelines page for more information regarding the Online Submissions Portal.

CODA Begins Online Commentary Process

The Commission now accepts comments on proposed revisions to standards in circulation for public review via a dedicated Online Comment Portal only. CODA no longer accepts comments via email, U.S. Post or overnight shipping services. To submit comments on any standard in circulation, click on the URL included in the cover page of each standard, or listed along with the standard on the Proposed Accreditation Standards webpage.