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FAQ About the Commission on Dental Accreditation

  • 1. What is the role of the Commission on Dental Accreditation?
  • 2. What is the difference between “accreditation” and “certification?”
  • 3. What agency or organization authorizes the Commission to carry out its function?
  • 4. How does the role of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) differ from the role of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) and the role of the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards?
  • 5. Who are the members of the Commission?
  • 6. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners?
  • 7. Who takes final action on all policy and accreditation of programs?
  • 8. What is the role of the Review Committees?
  • 9. What terms are used to identify and describe the accreditation status of educational programs? How can one tell if a program is accredited?
  • 10. How can a program be accredited if it has deficiencies?
  • 11. Is any portion of the Commission meeting open to the public?
  • 12. Why does the Commission consider some of its business confidential?
  • 13. Are the final accreditation actions made public?
  • 14. Are the schedules or dates for site visits available to the public? How often are programs site-visited?
  • 15. Can the public provide comments regarding an accredited program prior to its scheduled site visit?
  • 16. How does an interested individual provide a third party comment
  • 17. Can an individual provide comments regarding an accredited program
  • 18. Who can request that the Commission revise an accreditation standard
  • 19. Does the Commission revise standards on a regular basis
  • 20. How can an individual dentist or member of the public provide input to the Commission