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Dental professionals invited to ADA standards committee meetings

January 23, 2018 Interested dental professionals are invited to the upcoming ADA meetings where they will help develop dental standards.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and Standards Committee on Dental Products meetings provide a forum for working groups to meet, exchange ideas and plan new and revised standards to ensure product safety and efficacy and to provide useful, objective information on new and emerging technologies for the future, according to a report from the committees.

More than 60 working groups comprise more than 600 volunteers who are experts in their fields develop ADA Standards.

The Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meets Feb. 19-21 at ADA Headquarters, preceding the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which is Feb. 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The meeting includes a pre-plenary session at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19, a plenary session 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 and a SNODENT (Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry) Maintenance Committee meeting at 1 p.m. Feb.  21. Working groups will meet Feb. 19-20.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and discounted hotel reservations are available. Registration is required by contacting Marilyn Ward at 1-800-621-8099, ext. 2506, or by email at wardm@ada.org. For more information about the meeting, contact Paul Bralower, ADA manager of standards, at bralowerp@ada.org.

Meanwhile, the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, along with the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee 106 Dentistry, is holding its annual meetings March 19-21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida prior to the start of the American Association for Dental Research's annual meeting, which is March 21-24 in the same city. The opening plenary session and working group meetings are scheduled for March 19, while a new member orientation will take place March 20. The plenary session is March 21, along with a symposium, Your Invention from Great Idea to Patent: The Journey.

To register for this meeting, email Kathy Medic at medick@ada.org or call 1-800-621-8099, ext. 2533. Hotel reservations must be made through AADRonline.org, the website of the American Association for Dental Research, to qualify participants for discounted meeting rates.

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American National Standards for products and information technology used by the dental profession and by consumers. Currently there are more than 100 national standards and more are under development. ADA involvement in the U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 106 Dentistry ensures that the voice of U.S. dentistry is heard in international dental standards development.