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ADA Standards committees on Dental Products, Dental Informatics seek experts to work on new projects

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products is seeking volunteers for new work projects that the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs approved in April.

"The SCDP is comprised of a diverse group of expert volunteers representing the dental profession, industry, government and academia," explained Jeff Zawada, Ph.D., SCDP chair. "New projects provide an opportunity to extend our network of contributors, drawing in new volunteers with fresh perspectives and relevant expertise to tackle these new projects."

The ADA Standards process depends on volunteers. It also gives members a unique opportunity to gain insight and network with fellow members and observers. (For more information, see the complete list of activities.)

"The diversity of expertise represented in these committees provides the best way I know of to expand one's understanding of the dental profession and industry," added Dr. Zawada.

The SCDP work projects in need of volunteers follow here:

  • Proposed American National Standard/American Dental Association Specification No. 127 for Fatigue Testing for Endosseous Dental Implants will specify test methods and requirements for fatigue testing of dental implants.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 134 for Metallic Materials for Fixed and Removable Restorations and Appliances will specify requirements for metallic materials that are suitable for the fabrication of dental appliances and restorations. The standard will further specify requirements with respect to packaging and marking the products and to the instructions to be supplied for the use of these materials.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 135 for Denture Adhesives will specify requirements and test methods for denture adhesives used by the public. It will also specify requirements and test methods for zinc content and zinc release from the denture adhesive.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 137 for Essential Characteristics of Test Methods for the Evaluation of Treatment Methods Intended to Improve or Maintain the Microbiological Quality of Dental Unit Procedural Water will provide guidelines for test methods for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment methods intended to improve or maintain the microbiological quality of procedural water from dental units and other dental equipment.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 138 for Non-Sterile Gloves will develop test methods and requirements to assess the suitability of non-sterile gloves for dentistry.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 139 for Dental Base Polymers will specify requirements for denture base and orthodontic base polymers and copolymers. It will specify the test methods to be used to determine compliance with these requirements and will further specify requirements with respect to packaging and marking the products and to the instructions to be supplied with these materials.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 140 for Dental Shade Conformity and Interconvertibility will discuss topics related to shade conformity and interconvertibility of monochromatic and polychromatic tissues and materials used in dentistry; specify visual and instrumental methods for assessment of color; and suggest interpretation of the findings through color difference thresholds and provide guidelines for future standardizations related to dental shade conformity and interconvertibility. The report also includes requirements related to color vision of persons undertaking visual color assessment and instructions for reporting of color and color difference assessments.
  • Proposed ANSI/ADA Specification No. 141 for Dental Duplicating Material will provide requirements and tests for the duplicating materials used in dentistry which are primarily intended for forming flexible molds needed to produce positive refractory investment copies of master models.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy Medic at the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2533, or by e-mail at medick@ada.org.

Dental informatics

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics is seeking volunteers for work projects that the ADA Council on Dental Practice approved in April.

"For more than 20 years, volunteers have helped ADA SCDI in its efforts to shape the content and functionality of electronic dental records," said Dr. Scott Trapp, chair, and "once again, we'd like to extend an invitation to those individuals and organizations that would like to participate in our ongoing efforts and the new technical reports and specifications under development. These efforts are of particular importance at this point in time as we see the emergence of certification of electronic health records based upon their content and functionality."

The SCDI work projects in need of volunteers are:

  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1068 for ANSI Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Data Dictionary Crossmap to ANSI/ADA Specification 1000 Data Elements will connect data elements from HITSP and crossmap them with ADA Specification No. 1000 to enable more efficient and economical system development.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1069 for SCDI Standard Terms, Acronyms and Definitions will produce a single reference list of terms, acronyms and definitions to be referenced by SCDI work groups and used in SCDI work products for the purpose of maintaining uniformity.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1070 for Implementation of the Electronic Prescription Standard for Dentistry will report on the current state of standards for electronic prescriptions and will discuss and recommend an electronic prescription standard that could be acceptable for dental practice management systems.
  • Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1071 for Testing Procedures to Ensure Comparability of 2D and 3D Cephalograms, Cone Beam Computed Tomography and Facial Scans will aid clinicians in fully identifying the differences in images produced by different radiographic imaging devices or facial scanners or to correct for geometric errors.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Bralower at the toll-free number, ext. 4129, or by e-mail at bralowerp@ada.org.