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North East Regional Board is now The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments

February 02, 2015

In an effort to more aptly reflect all of its member states, the North East Regional Board introduced in January its new name: The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments.

The CDCA's name better recognizes the geographical diversity of its current member dental boards, according to its website cdcaexams.org.

The nonprofit announced the name change at its 45th annual meeting, held Jan. 9.

According to CDCA, NERB was founded in 1969 to facilitate the licensure examination process for candidates and eliminate the need for repetition of state board clinical examinations. It expanded from its original eight member states/jurisdictions to 24, including states across five time zones — from Maine and Florida to Hawaii.

In addition, CDCA officials said in an announcement letter, the new name also reflects the fact that CDCA administer many different assessments in the dental profession for state dental boards.  

Today, CDCA administered clinical examinations are accepted in 46 different states and Jamaica.