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Registration open for three dental standards-related meetings

December 16, 2015

Anyone interested is invited to three upcoming dental standards meetings.

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American national standards for products and information technology that dentists and consumers use. Dental standards benefit the dental profession by helping to ensure product safety and efficacy for both clinician and patient and by providing information on new and emerging technologies.

On Feb. 22-24 in Chicago at ADA Headquarters, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics will meet. Dental informatics working groups will meet throughout Feb. 22-23.  The standards committee plenary session will take place Feb. 24. There is no charge to attend the meetings, but registration is required and discounted hotel reservations are available.

On Feb. 24, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products subcommittee on dental instruments will convene for a special meeting on dental instruments standards development. This meeting will be held at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago and “gives an opportunity for those involved in the industry, as well as any other interested parties, to meet and discuss national and international standards projects relating to dental instruments,” according to meeting organizers.

For more information about the meetings, contact Paul Bralower, ADA manager of standards, at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 4129, or by emailing

Finally, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 106 Dentistry — an international standards-making group — will hold their annual meetings March 14-16 in Los Angeles. The meeting precedes the start of the American Association for Dental Research/Canadian Association for Dental Research General Session.

Thirty meetings are scheduled over the three days, including subcommittee and working group meetings covering a range of dental products. A new member orientation for those getting started in standards is scheduled for March 14, while the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products Plenary Session is scheduled for March 15 and Standards Committee on Dental Products working group meetings will take place March 15-16. Capping off the meeting this year, and open to all, will be a symposium, Dental Products Confusion? Standards to the Rescue: Linking Research, Manufacture and Regulation on March 16.

For more information, contact Kathy Medic, ADA manager for dental materials standards, at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 2533 or by emailing

Hotel reservations must be made through, the website of the American Association for Dental Research, to qualify for discounted meeting rates.