Regulatory and Advisory Agencies
American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) The professional organization for dental assistants in the United States.
American Dental Association (ADA) The professional organization for dentists.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) The professional organization for dental hygienists.
Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) The professional organization for dental assistants in Canada.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal agency that is nonregulatory and that issues recommendations on health and safety.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal regulatory agency whose responsibility it is to protect and restore the environment and public health through environmental laws.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Federal regulatory agency that regulates food, drugs, medical devices, animal feed and drugs, cosmetics, and radiation-emitting products (cell phones, lasers, microwaves, etc.).
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Federal agency that is nonregulatory and provides national and worldwide leadership to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Federal agency whose mission is to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) One of the world’s foremost research centers.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Federal regulatory agency whose mission is to ensure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards.
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) The premier infection control agency in the United States.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) The main federal agency responsible for public health in Canada.
It is important for the dental assistant to recognize and understand the roles of the government agencies and professional organizations that have a direct influence on the practice of dentistry. This is especially true in the areas of infection control, chemicals, and other occupational health and safety issues. Some agencies are regulatory and issue rules and regulations with which dental offices must comply. Penalties for not complying with regulations may include fines, imprisonment, or suspension or revocation of licenses. Other agencies are advisory and have no authority for enforcement. These nonregulatory agencies issue recommendations that are based on strong scientific evidence and are the standard of care for dentistry today.
The governmental agencies and organizations described in this chapter are huge, and this chapter is intended to serve only as an introduction to them. When you are in practice as a dental assistant, these agencies will be excellent resources for information for you, and they are easily accessed on the Internet.
Associations and Organizations
Professional organizations are a valuable resource for current infection control and other professional information (Table 22-1). Many dental professionals choose to become a member of their professional organizations.
|American Dental Association (ADA)
611 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
|American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730
Chicago, IL 60601
|American Dental Hygienists’ Association
444 North Michigan Ave., Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60611
|Canadian Dental Assistants Association
2255 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 203
Ottawa, ON K1G 4K3
|Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)
P.O. Box 6297
Annapolis, MD 21401
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American Dental Association
The American Dental Association (ADA) is the national professional organization for dentists. The ADA was established in 1859. Today, more than 157,000 dentists are members. It is the world’s largest and oldest national dental association. The ADA periodically updates its infection control recommendations as new scientific information becomes available. The ADA also publishes informational reports on emerging issues of interest to the dental community.
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