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ADA Standards committees announce drafts available for review and comment

April 25, 2014

By Jean Williams, ADA News Staff

Seven proposed standards in draft status are available for review and comment through June 7.

Developed and approved for circulation through the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, the proposed standards span the areas of restorative materials, manual toothbrushes, impression materials, tooth bleaching and digital resources related to dentistry.

The ADA has played a key role in the development of dental standards since 1928 and is an American National Standards Institute accredited standards developer. ADA Standards Committee volunteers work together on documents that establish requirements for safe and effective dental products and technologies through a consensus-based process.

Diverse experts representing dental practitioners, industry, government and academia comprise the working groups that develop ADA standards. The ADA Standards Committee encourages professionals from all areas of interest to participate. Involvement is open to anyone who would like to contribute his or her expertise, anywhere from the initial planning phase through reviewing final drafts.

The seven draft proposals open to review and comment are:

• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 27 Polymer-based Restorative Materials will be a modified adoption of ISO 4049:2009 Dentistry–Polymer-based Restorative Materials. This standard specifies requirements for dental polymer-based restorative materials supplied in a form suitable for mechanical mixing, hand-mixing, or intra-oral and extra-oral external energy activation, and intended for use primarily for the direct or indirect restoration of cavities in the teeth and for luting. The standard covers polymer-based luting materials intended for use in the cementation or fixation of restorations and appliances such as inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and fixed partial prostheses.

• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 119 for Manual Toothbrushes will be a modified adoption of ISO 20126:2012 Dentistry–Manual toothbrushes–General requirements and test methods and ISO 22254:2005 Dentistry–Manual toothbrushes–Resistance of tufted portion to deflection and will revise and replace the current ADA Standard No. 119:2008. This standard describes requirements and test methods for the physical properties of manual toothbrushes in order to promote the safety of these products for their intended use. This standard also specifies a test method for determining the resistance of the tufted portion of manual toothbrushes to deflection. This test method is applicable to toothbrushes having a conventional, flat trim design and may not be applicable to toothbrushes with other designs.

• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 128 for Hydrocolloid Impression Materials will be an identical adoption of ISO 21563:2013 of the same name and specifies the requirements and tests for helping determine whether the elastic aqueous agar and alginate hydrocolloid dental impression materials, as prepared for retail marketing, are of the quality needed for their intended purposes. The standard also specifies requirements for labeling and instructions for use.

• Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136 for Products for Tooth Bleaching will be an identical adoption of ISO 28399:2011 of the same name and specifies requirements and test methods for external tooth bleaching products. The standard covers products intended for use in the oral cavity, either by professional application (in-office tooth bleaching products) or consumer application (professional or nonprofessional home use of tooth bleaching products), or both. The standard also specifies requirements for packaging, labeling and instructions for use.

• Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1030 for Dental Providers Guide to the Electronic Dental Record will provide information for dentists about key concepts of the electronic dental record; what can be done with computer-based systems that cannot be done with paper-based, analog records; and implementation issues surrounding the computer-based oral health record.

• Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1041 Content of Electronic Laboratory Prescription will provide guidelines for the format and content of patient data disseminated offsite to the outsourced dental laboratory. The paper explains security concepts and the risks associated with the maintenance of data in storage and transit and over an Internet connection. The dental laboratory needs to ensure a proper data integrity, storage and accessibility protection plan, which involves creating, investing in and meticulously adhering to a well thought-out system, including proper archiving. The standard provides differing storage requirements by state for data.

• Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1043 for Use of Computer-based Resources for Access to Information Supporting Oral Health Care will assist dental practitioners in understanding how to effectively access and utilize digital and Web-accessible knowledge resources for professional development and to support clinical decision-making and patient education. These new technologies for publishing have made it possible for false or highly biased information to be readily accessible. It is important for health care providers and patients to be cognizant of potential pitfalls related to the spectrum of the quality and the potential for conflicts in information found online and to be able to effectively appraise it. This report provides examples of computer-based resources (Web-enabled and other digital resources) of interest to those involved in oral health care, and it discusses issues related to the searching and utilization of computer-based resources to facilitate the effective transfer of oral health knowledge.

Copies of the draft standards are available by calling the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2506, or sending an e-mail request to To learn more about ADA Standards Committees, visit