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Inventory management of human cells, dental education topics of two technical reports available for review

December 15, 2015 Two new technical reports, which provide information about new products and technologies, and a white paper, are available for review from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.
Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1089, Track and Trace for Human Cells, Tissues and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products, defines inventory management requirements in dental practices for human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products to ensure traceability from the donor to the recipient and the recipient to the donor. It also aims to facilitate reporting of potential adverse reactions, including disease transmission, to all parties involved in processing the human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products.

Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 1090, Exploration of Adoption and Augmentation of the Quality Matters Higher Education Design Standards for Online and Blended Courses, is an adoption for dental education of two Quality Matters rubrics (Higher Education and Continuing Professional Education). Quality Matters is an international organization that works to improve the design of online and blended courses and has been widely adopted throughout the U.S. Its quality assurance processes are derived from the Quality Matters Rubrics, which have been developed and updated through research, collaboration with industry and review from users.

Proposed Revision of ADA White Paper No. 1070, Implementation of the Electronic Prescription Standard for Dentistry, is a revised and updated report that establishes guidelines for electronic prescriptions in dentistry. Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is an electronic way to generate pharmaceutical prescriptions through an automated data-entry process utilizing e-prescribing software and a transmission network that links the provider to participating pharmacies. E-prescribing should result in a safer care environment via standards-based systems that are interoperable and more fully integrated, with improved accuracy and efficiency.

Anyone interested may review and submit comments on the proposed documents. A working group — a collaboration of dentists, academicians, dental product manufacturers and other interested subject experts who develop proposed standards and reports — considers the comments for potential revisions. The completed draft for approval then goes to an affiliated ADA council and standards committee.

To request copies of the reports, call the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2506, or send an e-mail request to