Welcome To The 56th Annual Meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry


Message from ISO/TC 106 Chairman

Message from ISO/TC 106 Chairman

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 56th annual meeting of ISO/TC 106 in San Diego, California. Due to its pleasant climate, San Diego is known by its residents as “America’s Finest City.” So we’ll have a perfect setting for a successful conference. I am very grateful to the American Dental Association and the Dental Trade Alliance on behalf of ANSI for their invitation and generous support of the meeting.

Many people at these organizations have worked hard to make this meeting happen and I am grateful for their efforts. In particular, I would like to recognize the following people at the ADA who have made significant contributions planning this meeting: Sharon Stanford, Kathy Medic, Paul Bralower, and Marilyn Ward. I also want to thank our ISO/TC 106 committee manager, Katie Lee, for her tremendous work ahead of the event.

Prof. Gottfried Schmalz

 

The last time the ISO/TC 106 meeting was held in the US was in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a wonderful experience with the special flavor of the west and we gladly accepted the invitation to return to the US. Not only is San Diego sunny and warm, but it has been designated as an iHub Innovation Center for potential collaboration between telecommunications technology—several major wireless cellular technology companies are headquartered here—and the life sciences. The University of California, San Diego, and other research institutions have fueled the growth of biotechnology in the area and the city has the second-largest biotech cluster in US, with more than 400 companies headquartered here.

We are gathering in San Diego to continue our successful work of improving existing dental standards and creating new ones. Standards play an essential role in modern dentistry and the large numbers of participants at the ISO/TC 106 meetings reflect the energy and resources that the dental community is investing in our field.

Standards are developed to facilitate the international exchange of goods on open markets. However, more important, setting standards also ensure the quality of products. ISO/TC 106 is open to innovation and recognizes the broader impact standards can have. Though, those impacts are rooted in our core commitment, which remains the public good. For example, ISO standards, and others, are often used to fulfill legal requirements before a material or a device can be brought to market. Recently, the aspect of sustainability has been included into the process of establishing standards. With international standardization, there is also an underlying responsibility of providing quality assurance and I am confident we will meet these broader expectations.

I hope you will take some time to explore the city. The San Diego Zoo and its 1,800-acre safari park are world renowned for wildlife conservation efforts. The walkable old city of San Diego offers a peek into the area’s Mexican heritage, with preserved historic buildings, museums, vibrant shops and eclectic restaurants. The small seaside town of La Jolla has beautiful beaches, the Louis Kahn-designed Salk Institute, and caves accessible via kayak. There are many other fascinating places to visit and I’m sure you will relish your time here. I wish you all an enjoyable and productive meeting.


Prof. Gottfried Schmalz
Chairman
ISO/TC 106

 

Message from American National Standards Institute

Message from American National Standards Institute

On behalf of the members and staff of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – the U.S. member body to ISO – it is our distinct pleasure to welcome ISO Technical Committee (TC) 106, Dentistry, to San Diego for its August plenary meeting.

ANSI is honored to hold the TC 106 meeting in the United States, particularly in light of its significant contributions to advancing oral health care around the globe. Oral health is vital to billions of people worldwide, and dental standards play a vital role in assuring the quality and safety of numerous dental products, instruments, systems, and treatments.

Joe Bhatia

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of TC 106 and its active members, more than 180 International Standards have been published, advancing the dental care industry and public health worldwide. On behalf of ANSI and the U.S. standardization community, we extend our best wishes for very productive and successful meetings. We hope you will enjoy sunny San Diego.

Best regards,


Joe Bhatia
President and CEO
American National Standards Institute

 

Message from American Dental Association

Message from American Dental Association

On behalf of the American Dental Association (ADA), it is our pleasure to offer you a very warm welcome to the United States for the 56th annual ISO/TC 106 Dentistry meeting. We are very happy to co-host this important event with the Dental Trade Alliance, on behalf of the American National Standards Institute.

The ADA exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist our members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients. Together with our 163,000+ members, we’ve been driving dentistry forward for 160 years.

The ADA has participated in dental standards development since 1928. We believe strongly in the importance of dental products standards to help ensure the highest level of patient safety and professional satisfaction in the products they use. The development of ISO standards through a consensus-based process that relies on sound science is crucial to our mission to help all dentists succeed. As dentistry continues to evolve, it is essential that the important work of international dental standards development continues in order to ensure safe and effective products worldwide.

Thank you for contributing your expertise. Your hard work at this meeting will shape the direction of future dental products, services and systems around the globe for years to come.

We hope you enjoy the meeting and the beautiful city of San Diego.


Dr. Chad P. Gehani
President
American Dental Association

 

 


Dr. Kathleen T. O’Loughlin
Executive Director
American Dental Association

 

Dr. Chad P. Gehani
Dr. Kathleen T. O’Loughlin

Message from Dental Trade Alliance

Message from Dental Trade Alliance

On behalf of the Dental Trade Alliance (DTA), I look forward to seeing each of you to the 2020 ISO/TC 106 conference in San Diego, California. Your work is vital to creating appropriate reliable standards for the international dental industry. I thank you all in advance for your commitment to come together to develop safe and practical standards that provide quality care for oral healthcare providers and their patients.

The DTA is a trade association representing North American dental companies including manufacturers, distributors, laboratories and other companies that provide services for dentists and the oral healthcare community. DTA supports initiatives to develop safe, practical dental standards that will help ensure safety and quality care in the dental workplace.

Amy Moorman

This is a very important conference hosted once every 10 years in the United States and attended by over 350 delegates and guests from around the globe, comprised of manufacturers, professors, government appointed regulators, researchers, dental associations and international government agencies. More than 65 working groups will convene throughout the week to discuss, review and develop international standards for many dental products and devices.

Best wishes for a successful conference and thank you for your dedication to our oral healthcare industry.


Amy Moorman, IOM
Vice President of Operations
Dental Trade Alliance