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ADA launches qualification program for Seal testing sites

May 20, 2019

By Mary Beth Versaci

Image of the ADA SealTesting sites now have the option to apply for “qualified” status under a new ADA program for laboratories and clinical facilities that participate in the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program.

In the past, the ADA had not established qualification standards for independent laboratories and clinical facilities that perform studies for companies seeking to have their products earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

A testing site’s qualified status will indicate to manufacturers that the ADA has evaluated the site for its ability to conduct quality research in support of Seal Program applications, according to the qualification program criteria.

The ADA will assess applicants’ facilities, computer capabilities, regulatory audits, storage and security policies, staff credentials and training procedures, and more as part of the qualification process.

“This qualification will help demonstrate to ADA member dentists and to the public the extensive independent research that is performed on ADA Seal-accepted products and give them even more confidence when they see the Seal,” said Dr. Maria Geisinger, vice chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

The new program has been announced to all current companies and testing sites in the Seal Program, and a few sites have begun the application process. The assessment of those sites is expected to be completed by summer.

For more information on the Seal Program, visit