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ADA standards committees seek volunteers for new projects

March 04, 2020
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The American Dental Association's Standards Committee on Dental Products and Standards Committee on Dental Informatics are looking for volunteers to help in the development of new projects.

The Standards Committee on Dental Products is seeking volunteers for the following projects related to dental products and materials:

• Proposed revision of ADA Standard No. 101, Root Canal Instruments: General Requirements: This standard defines the general requirements and test methods for endodontic instruments used for endodontic purposes, including enlargers, compactors and shaping and cleaning instruments. It also provides a numbering system, color-coding and identification symbols and packaging requirements.

• Proposed ADA Technical Report No. 189 for Guide to Photobiomodulation in Oral Health Care: The Use of Low Level Laser and Light Therapy — Technology, Science and Safety Considerations: The use of photobiomodulation is rapidly expanding in oral health care with the use of low laser and light energy to stimulate or inhibit a biologic response. The goal of this document is to provide a guide to the role, value and limitations that photobiomodulation has in oral health care and to discuss the science, technology, applications and safety considerations of which dental clinicians need to be aware when incorporating photobiomodulation therapy into patient care.

The Standards Committee on Dental Informatics is seeking volunteers for the following project:

• Proposed ADA Standard No. 1102 for Electronic Dental Benefits Eligibility Verification: Current electronic health record systems used by providers are not interoperable with payers in the verification of dental eligibility, resulting in the requirement to use numerous nonuniform payer portals, clearinghouses and other intermediary services. This standard will address the steps that must be taken to implement interoperable electronic solutions among the various stakeholders involved. This standard will point to the implementation of current base standards in order to develop a uniform approach that will allow interoperability in electronic dental benefits eligibility verification, thereby reducing administrative burden for all stakeholders.

The following new ADA standards will be identical adoptions of the corresponding international standards published by the International Organization for Standardization. Members can review these proposed new standards by contacting the ADA:

• Proposed revision of ADA Standard No. 38 for Metal-Ceramic Dental Restorative Systems: adoption of ISO 9693:2019 Dentistry — Compatibility testing for metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic systems.

• Proposed revision of ADA Standard No. 100 for Orthodontic Brackets and Tubes: adoption of ISO 27020:2019 Dentistry — Brackets and tubes for use in orthodontics.

• Proposed ADA Standard No. 190 for Single-Use Dental Cartridges for Local Anaesthetics: adoption of ISO 11499:2014 Dentistry — Single-use dental cartridges for local anaesthetics.

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop American National Standards and technical reports for products and information technology used by dental professionals and consumers.

Currently, there are more than 100 national standards, and more are under development. National standards developed by the ADA serve the dental profession by ensuring product safety and efficacy for both clinician and patient and providing information on new and emerging technologies.

For more information on participating in the standards committee working groups that are developing these documents, email standards@ada.org.