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Comments sought on operative dentistry proposal

August 04, 2014 The Council on Dental Education and Licensure is seeking comments, due Oct. 20, for a request by the Academy of Operative Dentistry to recognize operative dentistry as an interest area in general dentistry.

CDEL invites written comments from individuals and organizations on AOD's application. Comments must relate directly to the Criteria for Recognition of Interest Areas in General Dentistry, which the ADA House of Delegates adopted in 2010.

In addition to written comments, CDEL will conduct an open hearing at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting in San Antonio.

CDEL will consider AOD's application, the recommendation of the Recognition of Specialties and Interest Areas in General Dentistry Committee and all comments received at its April 30-May 1, 2015, meeting. The council will forward its recommendation to the 2015 ADA House of Delegates.

If approved, the Commission on Dental Accreditation is likely to consider a request from AOD to develop educational requirements and establish an accreditation program for advanced educational programs in operative dentistry.

Submit comments to CDEL Director Karen Hart via email at; via mail to the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; or fax to 1-312-440-2915. All comments received will be posted on

To view the Criteria for Recognition of Interest Areas in General Dentistry document and AOD's application, click here.