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ADA standards committees seek volunteers

March 14, 2017 Dental professionals interested in helping develop standards related to informatics, digital technologies, or products and materials for dentistry are invited to join the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics' and the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products' working groups.

Volunteers will be expected to review documents through the use of ADA's collaborative website, and can, but are not required to, attend occasional meetings. Standard development can take up to several years and volunteers would be expected to review and comment on draft documents during that time.

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

The following new ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics work projects are available for review:

  • Proposed Revision of ADA Standard No. 1067 for Electronic Dental Record System Standard Functional Requirements. This standard addresses the functions performed by dental practice management systems to document the dental health services provided. These functional requirements use the Health Level Seven Electronic Health Record System Functional Model as a guideline.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1091 for Cloud Data Storage: Implications and Recommendations for Dental Practice. The purpose of this document is to describe cloud computing and data storage, its use in dental practice; its benefits and risks; and recommendations for use by dental practitioners. The intent is to provide essential information dentists need to make informed decisions about what cloud capabilities are needed for their practice.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1092 for Implementation Guide to Utilization of Diagnostic Codes in Dental Records. The intent of this project is to inform dental providers of the potential benefits of implementing diagnostic codes in their electronic dental patient records. It will show with real-world examples how diagnostic codes can provide providers and patients a better understanding of oral health characteristics that will allow the patient to make more informed choices about their oral healthcare.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1093 on Essential Characteristics of an Electronic Dental Record System. This proposed technical report will be structured as framework and template for a request for proposal that can be adjusted to local requirements, legislative as well as federal, state and institutional regulatory needs. It will include Electronic Dental Record benchmark requirements as a series of questions that can be answered by bidding vendors or by experts assessing an off-the-shelf product.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1095 for Clinical Electronic Resources and EBD Framework. This technical report will provide guidance on searching for dental research and determining the quality of what is found. The report will include new information and procedures now available in the ADA Center for Evidence Based Dentistry and a complete evidence-based dentistry framework.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1096 for Patient Data Risk Assessment and Privacy and Security Plan. The goal of this technical report is to assist providers with meeting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-mandated requirements for a risk assessment and development of a plant to protect patient data privacy and security.
The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products is seeking volunteers for the following work projects related to dental products and materials:

  • Proposed Revision of ANSI/ADA Standard No. 69, Dental Ceramic. This standard specifies the requirements and corresponding test methods for dental ceramic materials for fixed all-ceramic and metal-ceramic restorations and prostheses.
  • Proposed Revision of ANSI/ADA Standard No. 89, Dental Operating Lights. This standard specifies requirements and test methods for operating lights used in the dental office and intended for illuminating the oral cavity of patients.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 111, Testing of Adhesion to Tooth Structure. This new standard will give guidance on essential characteristics of different methods for testing the quality of the adhesive bond between restorative dental materials and tooth structure, i.e., enamel and dentine.
  • Proposed Revision of ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136, Products for External Tooth Bleaching. This standard specifies requirements and test methods for tooth bleaching products intended for bleaching natural teeth either by professional or consumer application.
  • Proposed Revision of ANSI/ADA Standard No. 137:2014 Essential Characteristics of Test Methods for the Evaluation of Treatment Methods Intended to Improve or Maintain the Microbiological Quality of Dental Unit Procedural Water. This standard specifies type test methods for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment methods intended to prevent or remove biofilm in dental unit water delivery systems.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 157 on Powered Dental Scaler Handpieces and Tips. This new standard will fill the need for an American standard on powered scaler handpieces and tips. The standard will include requirements and test methods for air-powered and electrical-powered scaler handpieces and scaler tips.
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. National standards developed by ADA aim to serve the dental profession by ensuring product safety and efficacy for both clinician and patient and by providing information on new and emerging technologies.