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Councils, Commissions and Committees

There are 10 councils of the Association. Most councils are composed of one member from each of the 17 trustee districts of the Association. All members of councils must be active, life or retired members in good standing of the Association. Most councils meet twice a year, either at the ADA Headquarters Office in Chicago or the Washington D.C. office. 

The Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings is under the oversight of the Board of Trustees and is charged with conducting the annual meetings of the American Dental Association. The American Dental Political Action Committee is a voluntary non-profit unincorporated committee of dentists and others.

2017-2018 Council-Commission-ADPAC Listing (PDF) (ADA Member login required) 

Note: The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards was established in October 2017. Inaugural appointments to this new agency will be announced in January 2018.

  • Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention
  • Council on Communications
  • Council on Dental Benefit Programs
  • Council on Dental Education and Licensure
  • Council on Dental Practice
  • Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs
  • Council on Government Affairs
  • Council on Membership
  • Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs
  • Council on Scientific Affairs
  • Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings
  • American Dental Political Action Committee

There are four commissions of the Association: the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.

  • Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
  • National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards

The Committee on the New Dentist is a standing committee of the ADA Board of Trustees and is charged with providing the Board with expertise on issues affecting new dentists. This committee is also composed of one member from each of the 17 ADA trustee districts.

  • New Dentist Committee