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Members sought for standards organization

With the expansion of the global market in dental products and supplies, international standards play a crucial part in keeping everyone safe.

Many countries are now adopting International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards as the criteria for the regulation of dental products in their respective countries.

By participating in the standards development process, participants help shape that criteria used by various governments.

International standards also help the global marketplace thrive in many ways, including providing identifiable, clearly defined references from one country to the next that help establish better quality control, eliminating duplicative requirements and promoting the worldwide acceptance of products. Such standards are developed through the dedication of knowledgeable volunteers who contribute their expertise to help develop the U.S. position on international documents.

ISO is a worldwide, nongovernmental organization comprised of the single most representative standardization body from more than 145 countries that works to coordinate standards development in a multitude of different fields. The American National Standards Institute is the U.S. member to ISO and it has designated the ADA to be the sponsor and Secretariat of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO/Technical Committee 106 Dentistry, which provides the voice and casts the U.S. vote on all international dental standards.

The U.S. TAG is composed of seven sub-TAGS, each responsible for the development of international standards in a particular category: orthodontic and restorative materials; prosthodontic materials; dental terminology; dental instruments; dental equipment; oral hygiene products and dental implants.

"Getting involved in the U.S. TAG provides a means for those who have interest and expertise in dentistry to play an active role in shaping international standards, which are playing an increasing role in regulatory requirements in many regions," said Jeff Zawada, Ph.D., chair of U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 106. "It also gives members insight to emerging international trends in dentistry and access to an exceptional network of experts from the U.S. and abroad."

Membership on these sub-TAGs is open to anyone from the U.S. who indicates he or she is directly and materially affected by the activity of the U.S. TAG. If you are in the dental field, either as a dental practitioner, academic or industry professional, you may join either as a voting or observer member. Each organization may have only one voting member. Observer members receive most of the same responsibilities, except they are not allowed to vote on ISO ballots.

For more information about becoming a member of the U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 106 Dentistry, call Kathy Medic at 1-312-440-2533 or email