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Who We Are

In late, 2016, the Board of Trustees charged the Task Force on Specialty and Specialty Certifying Board Recognition to evaluate the process and criteria by which specialties and specialty certifying boards are recognized. The establishment of the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards was proposed. Establishing such a Commission reduces potential or perceived bias or conflict of interest in the decision-making process for recognizing dental specialties and is intended to emulate the processes for recognition of specialties and certifying boards in other health professions.

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards held its inaugural meeting May 9-10, 2018.

Our Mission:

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards provides an objective evaluation of dental specialties and their certifying boards. This is based upon transparent standards that protect the public and nurture the art and science of dentistry. The National Commission is dedicated to improving quality of care by ensuring compliance with the ADA Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists.

Our Vision:

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards is accepted and considered to be the standard for excellence in the recognition of the dental specialties and dental specialty certifying boards.

Our Values:

Objectivity
Integrity
Transparency
Consistency

Question and Answer:
How does the role of the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards differ from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL)?

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards (NCRDSCB) is the agency that recognizes dental specialties and their respective national certifying boards based on the ADA Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists. The National Commission is independent in its decision-making process for the recognition of dental specialties and certifying boards, ensuring that bias and conflicts of interest are avoided. The National Commission applies requirements designed to help dentists excel throughout their careers and help the public ascertain the importance of educationally qualified and board certified dental specialists.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) focuses on promoting quality in education through the accreditation process and evaluation of educational programs.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation conducts its evaluation program in a manner consistent with universally established accreditation practices and criteria of the U.S. Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation is independent in its actions and protects the integrity of the accreditation process through consistent application of its high standards, plus adherence to the accreditation process and maintenance of the confidentiality of the process.
  
The Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) studies and makes recommendations on American Dental Association policy related to dental, advanced dental, and allied dental education and accreditation, continuing education, recognition of dental specialties and interest areas in general dentistry, dental licensure, dental anesthesiology, allied dental credentialing, and recognition of categories of allied dental personnel.  The CDEL approves the certifying boards for the dental specialties, dental assisting and dental laboratory technology and their processes for credentialing individuals.  The Council also acts as liaison to other agencies in the Association on matters related to dental education.  The Council’s role is to monitor accreditation matters and study and consider dental education and licensure matters as they relate to the interests of the profession as a whole, member dentists, and the Association and in accord with the ADA’s Strategic Plan. 

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards
American Dental Association
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-621-8099 or 312-440-2687

Staff Contact:
Catherine Baumann, director, 312-440-2697
baumannca@ada.org