The COPE Accreditation Process
COPE offers two options for accreditation of optometric continuing education:
CE providers are free to choose either accreditation option. Larger providers (e.g., more than ten activities per year) are more likely to benefit from choosing provider accreditation. Smaller administrators will likely choose to continue having each activity accredited individually.
The accreditation criteria require CE programs to be designed to change optometrists, competence (teaching strategies for translating new knowledge into action), performance (what they actually do in practice), or patient outcomes. COPE administrators and accredited providers will also be asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs.
Both Provider and Activity Accreditation share the same COPE Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support (SCS); however, implementation of the criteria and SCS may differ between the two accreditation pathways.