The integrity of the CMP/ACET system and the legal defensibility of RID Certification depends upon the high quality administration of our Approved Sponsors.  A routine procedure to ensure Sponsors maintain quality operations is to conduct regular audits.  Each Sponsor will be audited at least once every three years. The PDC reserves the right to audit Sponsors at any given time, in part or whole.  This process informs the PDC, RID Headquarters, and the RID Board of Directors.  Regular auditing will give the PDC an opportunity to provide ongoing feedback to

Sponsors, identify exemplary service, and ensure the integrity of the CMP and ACET programs.

An Audit Packet including the Audit Submission Checklist and Self-Evaluation Questions will be sent to the Sponsor no less than 90 days before the Sponsor’s audit submission is due.  It is standard business practice to retain copies of all documentation related to activities sponsored.  If the Sponsor’s audit submission is not received to RID Headquarters by the due date, RID will notify the Sponsor of pending suspension.  If the Sponsor’s audit submission is not received within 30 days of the pending suspension notification, the Sponsor’s status may be suspended effective immediately.

Notification of suspension of the Sponsor will be sent in writing to the Sponsor.  All educational activities that have been filed prior to the notification date will be honored.  RID Headquarters will accept no further activity plans. Further use of the RID Approved Sponsor designation and/or logo is prohibited, and subsequent promotional materials may not indicate that RID CEUs are offered.

To reinstate Sponsor status, the suspended entity must submit the audit report to RID Headquarters with the understanding of the following:

  1. Review of the audit packet will be processed with the next scheduled audits that may be up to one year later.
  2. Reinstatement will not be effective until after the review of the audit report has taken place.

A.        Audit Results:

  1. Pass with Special Recognition: A Sponsor who submits an audit that meets and exceeds the Standards and Criteria consistently, enhances their own CMP program, shows creativity and innovation.
  1. Pass:  Sponsor who submits an audit that meets the Standards and Criteria requirements consistently.
  1. Suspension: Sponsor fails to submit materials in order for the PDC to conduct an audit.
  1. Probation: Sponsor who submits an audit that does not consistently satisfy the Standards and Criteria. If during the audit review, a Sponsor is found by the PDC to be out of compliance with the Standards and Criteria, the PDC may place the Sponsor on probation.  The PDC may find the Sponsor out of compliance in general, or may identify only the Independent Study portion of sponsorship as out of compliance. When a Sponsor is placed on probation, the PDC will define the particulars of the audit that were not satisfactory, provide reasonable assistance to the Sponsor to come into compliance, and audit the Sponsor again in one year’s time.  If the Sponsor is still found to be out of compliance, Sponsor status will be withdrawn.
  1. Fail: A Sponsor who submits an Audit and has repeatedly or egregiously fails to maintain basic standards as defined in this document; engaged in illegal activity; and/or has demonstrated unethical conduct as an Approved Sponsor based on the Standards and Criteria.  A Sponsor who submits an Audit after being placed on probation and did not show a marked improvement, will be notified by the RID Headquarters of revocation of sponsor status.  All educational activities that have been filed prior to the notification date will be honored.  RID Headquarters will accept no further activity plans. Further use of the Sponsor designation and/or logo will be prohibited, and subsequent promotional materials may not indicate that RID CEUs are offered.  Any fees already paid to RID will be forfeited.

NOTE: In order to obtain RID Sponsor status after the withdrawal of said status, the entity must complete all procedures required for a new applicant.