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ADA Standards committees projects announced

September 01, 2014

The ADA Standards committees have approved seven new projects in draft form for circulation, review and comment.

Involvement is open to anyone who would like to contribute expertise from the initial planning phase through reviewing final drafts. Volunteers work together on documents that establish requirements for safe and effective dental products and technologies through a consensus-based process. The working groups that develop ADA standards are volunteers representing dental practitioners, industry, government and academia. Professionals from all areas of interest may participate.

The ADA has played a key role in the development of dental standards since 1928 and is an American National Standards Institute accredited standards developer.  

The projects follow:

  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 25 Dental Gypsum Products will be an identical adoption of ISO 6873:2013 Dentistry-Gypsum products and will revise and replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 25:2000 (R2010) Endodontic Filling Materials. The revision gives a classification of, and specifies requirements for, gypsum products used for dental purposes such as making oral impressions, molds, casts, dies or model bases and mounting models. It specifies the test methods to determine compliance with these requirements and includes requirements for the labeling of packaging and for adequate instructions to accompany each package.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 113 Periodontal Curettes, Dental Scalers and Excavators will be a modified adoption of  ISO 13397-1:1995 Periodontal curettes, dental scalers and excavators — Part 1: General requirements and ISO 13397-2:2005 Dentistry — Periodontal curettes, dental scalers and excavators and Part 2: Periodontal curettes of Gr-type including its 2012 amendment on color coding. This standard specifies the general material, performance and dimensional requirements for periodontal curettes, dental scalers and excavators.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 116 Oral Rinses will be a modified adoption of ISO 16408:2004 Dentistry — Oral hygiene products — Oral rinses and will revise and replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 116:2010 of the same name. The revision is being undertaken to update the standard to include information on heavy metals and erosion screening.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 126 Casting Investments and Refractory Die Materials will revise and replace the current ANSI/ADA 126:2009 of the same name, which is an identical adoption of ISO 15912:2006 Dentistry — Casting investments and refractory die materials. This standard is applicable to dental casting, brazing and refractory investments and refractory die materials, regardless of the nature of the binding system or the particular application. This standard classifies investments into types according to their intended use and classes according to the burn-out procedure recommended by the manufacturer. This standard specifies requirements for the essential physical and mechanical properties of the materials and the test methods used to determine them. This revision will incorporate the 2011 amendment of ISO 15912 on requirement and test method for adequacy of expansion of Type 1 and Type 2 materials.  
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 151 Screening Method for Erosion Potential of Oral Rinses on Dental Hard Tissues will be an identical adoption of ISO 28888:2013 of the same name. This standard specifies a screening method for the erosion potential of nonfluoridated oral rinses on dental hard tissues. The results of the screening method are intended for use in enamel and/or dentine erosion models.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1081 for Track and Trace for Implantable Devices and Biologics will provide education and guidance in the use of technologies such as bar coding and radio frequency identification for tracking dental implants and other biologics and tracing them back to their origins. There also is a need to develop a structured report for uploading such data to a patient electronic dental record. These technologies will be considered in light of FDA regulations for unique device identifiers.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1082 for Practitioner’s Guide to Preparing Images for Digital Exchange and E-mail Transmission will provide guidance to dental practitioners on recommended methods for conversion of digital images to Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine files and then attaching them to email messages in a safe and secure manner.

For more information or to participate in any of the projects, please call the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2506, or email standards@ada.org. To learn more about standards, visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.