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Volunteers sought for new dental products standards projects

July 27, 2015

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products is seeking volunteers for the following new work projects related to dental products and materials:

Proposed American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 32 Orthodontic Wires will be an identical adoption of ISO 15841:2014 Dentistry — Wires for use in orthodontics and will revise and replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 32 - 2006 (R2010) Orthodontic Wires. This revision will specify requirements and test methods for wires to be used in fixed and removable orthodontic appliances, including preformed orthodontic archwires but excluding springs and other preformed components. It will give detailed requirements concerning the presentation of the physical and mechanical properties of orthodontic wires, the test methods by which they can be determined and packaging and labeling information.

Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 35 Dental Handpieces and Motors will be a modified adoption of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14457:2012 Dentistry — Handpieces and motors.  This standard will be applicable to handpieces and motors used in dentistry for patient contact, regardless of their construction, and will specify requirements, test methods, manufacturer’s information, marking and packaging.  This standard will be applicable to straight and geared-angle handpieces, including handpiece attachments; high-speed air turbine handpieces; air motors; electrical motors; and prophy handpieces.  This standard will replace ANSI/ADA Standard No. 85 - Part 1 -2004 (R2009) Disposable Prophy Angles.

Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 106 Dental Amalgam Capsule will be a modified adoption of ISO 13897:2003, Dentistry — Amalgam capsules. This standard will specify requirements and test methods for predosed capsules used for mixing dental amalgam alloys and mercury.

Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 117 for Fluoride Varnishes will be an identical adoption of ISO 17730:2014 Dentistry — Fluoride varnishes. This standard will specify requirements and their test methods for total digestible fluoride content in dental varnishes containing fluoride, intended for use in the oral cavity directly on the outer surfaces of teeth and fillings. It will specify the requirements for their packaging and labeling, including the instructions for use. This standard covers fluoride varnishes to be applied by dental health care workers.

Proposed ANSI/ADA Technical Report No. 154 Guidelines for Non-Sterile Examination Gloves used in Dentistry will be an original document. The report will list applicable ASTM and ISO standards that overlap the information in current ANSI/ADA standards for non-sterile dental exam gloves. Neoprene (chloroprene) will be added to the list of materials used to manufacture dental gloves. A section will be included that outlines methods to keep the allergenicity of dental gloves at a minimum.

Proposed ANSI/ADA Technical Report No. 152 Oral Health Risk Assessment Tools will be an original document. The goal of this project is to provide members with criteria that need to be considered when choosing an oral health risk assessment test designed to be used in the diagnosis and management of oral health (e.g. caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer).

Proposed ADA White Paper No. 153 Genetic Testing for Oral Diseases will be an original document. The goal of this project is to provide members with new information to assist in assessing and using genetic testing for oral diseases and to identify criteria that need to be addressed when developing such tests.

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American National Standards and technical reports for products and information technology used by the dental profession and by consumers. Currently there are more than 90 national standards and more are under development. National standards developed by ADA serve the dental profession by ensuring product safety and efficacy for both clinician and patient and by providing information on new and emerging technologies.

For more information on participating in the ADA standards committee working groups that are developing these documents, please email standards@ada.org.