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ADA scientist offers expertise at international standards meeting

February 14, 2017

By Michelle Manchir


All in for standards: Spiro Megremis, Ph.D., director of research and standards at the ADA Science Institute, represented the ADA at an international standards workshop in Peru. Here, Dr. Megremis, center, shares information with, at left, Brian Berg, Ph.D.,  a senior research fellow at Boston Scientific; and, at right, Stephen Spiegelberg, Ph.D., president of the Cambridge Polymer Group.
Lima, Peru — The ADA in January was one of six U.S. representatives at a workshop aimed at helping promote and inform the use of medical device regulations and standardization processes in developing countries.

Spiro Megremis, Ph.D., director of research and standards at the ADA Science Institute, attended the Jan. 24-25 workshop, which was hosted by the Standards Alliance (a partnership between the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development) along with the National Institute of Quality and the American Society for Testing and Materials Latin America Office.

Dr. Megremis, who is also an adjunct clinical associate professor of biomaterials in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, presented information at the gathering about how to plan and implement inter-laboratory testing programs and also about the evolution of standards in dentistry and ADA's role within that.

"From the feedback in the question-and-answer session after my presentation, it was great to hear the message come across that the ADA is committed to making sure dentists have safe and effective products, and they do this by actively participating in standards development," Dr. Megremis said.

In addition to representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Boston Scientific, Empirical Technologies, Cambridge Polymer Group and the American National Standards Institute, 55 Peruvian participants representing the public and private sectors attended the workshop, according to the Standards Alliance.

The Standards Alliance was launched in 2012 as a funding facility designed to provide assistance to developing countries with implementing the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, according to its website. One of its main objectives is help the private sector become more engaged in standards development and use. Peru is the United States' 35th largest goods trading partner with $14 billion in total (two-way) goods trade during 2015, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Goods exports totaled $8.8 billion while goods imports totaled $5.1 billion.

For more information about the Standards Alliance or the Peru workshop, including links to presentations, visit standardsalliance.ansi.org.