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 Foundation Race for the Future 7.0 Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Posted on July 08, 2020

For the past six years, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) has fundraised around various races in order to raise money for the dental laboratory technology profession. Since the first race in 2014, just under $500,000 was raised from the Race for the Future. That’s nearly half a million dollars that goes toward you, your profession, and your future.

With the Race for the Future’s tremendous success over the years and the fun it brings to the community, the Foundation is deeply saddened to announce that due to safety concerns over COVID-19, the Race for the Future 7.0 will not be held this year. However, they plan to be back and stronger than ever before in 2021!

Mark your calendars for the Race for the Future 7.0*, being held in conjunction with the Chicago Triathlon on August 28-29, 2021 in Chicago, IL.

Even without the race, there’s still plenty the Foundation has to offer, especially in this time of need. Visit www.dentallabfoundation.org or click here for upcoming grant and scholarship opportunities, free online CE opportunities, and more!

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 FDLT Announces New Grant Opportunity for Dental Labs

Posted on June 22, 2020

Workplace Safety Grant
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis


As many have personally experienced, COVID-19 has created major impacts to the world we know today, including the dental laboratory technology profession. With a majority of these impacts affecting how dental laboratories are currently operating on a daily basis, the Foundation is excited to announce the launch its brand new grant, the Workplace Safety Grant, in an effort to ensure safety amongst all dental laboratory employees.

As part of this grant, the Foundation has allocated funds for dental laboratories to call in OSHA for a voluntary on-site safety consultation, and will provide up to $500 per dental laboratory to assist with implementing corrective action as indicated by OSHA’s voluntary on-site safety consultation.


Important Note: Unlike an actual OSHA safety inspection, the free safety consultation cannot result in fines or citations, and the consultant cannot report possible violations to OSHA. It's confidential, too. Your name, your firm's name, and any information you provide about your workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff. Your only obligation will be to correct serious job safety and health hazards – a commitment which you are expected to make prior to the actual visit and carry out in a timely manner.

Applications can be submitted directly online by clicking the buttons above, or by email, fax, or mail using the printable application here.


The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) is a non-profit 501c (3) organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.

The Foundation’s ability to offer programs to support education and workforce training are based solely on contributions from individuals and companies. Thank you to all our donors and supporters www.dentallabfoundation.org/donors.

Questions? Contact the Foundation office at 866-627-3990 or email foundation@dentallabfoundation.org.

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 Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Continuing Education Requirements for 2020 Renewals

Posted on March 17, 2020

 

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), along with the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. As this is an evolving situation, those seeking news and updates should visit:

 

We wanted to share a few important updates regarding NBC activities taking place in response to COVID-19.

Many CDTs and RGs have reached out to NBC concerned about their ability to obtain continuing education in the wake of meetings and events being cancelled or postponed. NBC policy currently states that CDTs and RGs that renew by their renewal deadline will receive an automatic 45-day grace period from their renewal deadline to get their remaining credits into NBC. However, given the developments of COVID-19, NBC is extending the grace period for CDTs and RGs to complete their continuing education to 90-days from a CDTs renewal deadline. This provides an additional three months beyond a CDTs or RGs given deadline to complete all continuing education requirements.

For example, CDTs and RGs, whose deadlines to renew are March 31, 2020, should renew as they normally do by the deadline of March 31, 2020. NBC will grant a 90-day grace period for CDTs and RGs, whose deadlines to renew are March 31, 2020, to get their remaining credits to NBC, giving them until June 30, 2020 to submit their continuing education.

Additionally, any CDTs that need additional time to obtain their continuing education requirements beyond this initial 90-day grace period can contact NBC to discuss individual circumstances and receive an additional extension.

We are encouraging CDTs and RGs to renew online through the MyNBC Portal at www.nbccert.org/myNBC rather than mailing in their payment to avoid potential delays processing renewals.

We are also encouraging CDTs any RGs to submit and continuing education verification online through the MyNBC Portal at www.nbccert.org/myNBC rather than mailing in continuing education verification.

Questions regarding CDT Renewals and Continuing Education can be emailed to certification@nbccert.org or you can contact our office at (800) 684-5310.

We thank you all for your support of certification and standards in dental laboratory technology and we look forward to continuing to serve you!

Sincerely,

The NBC Board of Trustees

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 Notice of Approved Changes for NBC CDL Program

Posted on November 21, 2019

Notice of Approved Changes for NBC CDL Program

We wanted to inform you of a recent update made to the NBC CDL Program. Over the last year, the NBC Trust has been reviewing the CDL Program Standards with the goal of reducing some of the barriers to achieve and maintain the CDL credential and aligning the CDL standards better with industry standards all while upholding the integrity of the CDL credential. In 2018, NBC announced CDL standard changes to the specialty specific photographic documentation, personnel requirement and specialty recognition.

At its August 2019 meeting, the NBC Trust directed that the following proposed revisions to the CDL standards be distributed to the communities of interest for review and comment, with all comments due October 18, 2019 for consideration at its next NBC Trust meeting.

Currently, NBC requires all Certified Dental Laboratories to revalidate every five years as a means of demonstrating continued compliance with its standards. In addition to this 5-year revalidation requirement, revalidation shall be mandatory upon the relocation or substantial reconstruction or alteration of a Certified Dental Laboratory; and it shall be incumbent upon the laboratory to notify the Board, upon annual renewal, of significant physical changes in its facility.

The NBC Trust has discussed the possibility of discontinuing the 5-year revalidation requirement as part of the CDL certification. With this potential change, CDLs will still be required to complete an annual renewal application verifying continued compliance with CDL standards.

Revalidation will still be mandatory upon the relocation or substantial reconstruction or alteration of a Certified Dental Laboratory; and it will still be incumbent upon the laboratory to notify the Board, upon annual renewal, of significant physical changes in its facility. New laboratories will still adhere to the current standards in place by submitting written and photographic documentation as part of the application process.

The NBC Trust requested that all active CDLs and NADL members review the proposed standard change above and submit to the Board written comments, data, views or arguments in support or opposition to these changes by October 20, 2019.

After the comments were collected and presented to the Board during the October board meeting, the comments were discussed and voted on. The Board voted to accept the proposed changes and have them go into effect with the December 31, 2019 CDL renewal period.

Thank you for your support of certification and standards and your commitment to maintaining your CDL certification. If you have any questions regarding the updated standards or the updated renewal application, please feel free to reach out to Justin Mischler at (800) 684-5310 or by email at jmischler@nbccert.org.

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 National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology Announces Updated Certified Dental Technician Logo

Posted on June 21, 2019

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is pleased to announce an update to their Certified Dental Technician (CDT) logo.

 
In 2018 the NBC Board of Trustees began exploring logo changes for its CDT credential with a goal of refreshing the logo, while still maintaining its integrity. At last year’s CDT Fest, held in conjunction with LMT Lab Day in Chicago, NBC presented several logo options and asked attendees to pick their favorite.  NBC then sent the top designs out to the entire CDT community for a final vote.
 
NBC is excited to share the new, refreshed logo as voted on by the CDT community.
 
                                                         
(From left to right: Previous CDT Logo and Updated CDT Logo) 
 
“Change is inevitable and we must continue to adapt in order to stay relevant,” said NBC Chair, Morris Fucarino, CDT.  “This is why NBC overhauled the exams in 2017, launched computer-based testing and a mentorship program in 2018, refreshed the CDT logo in 2019 and is exploring changes that will streamline the testing process and allow for digital technologies in the practical examination. We are proud to unveil the new CDT logo that received the greatest number of votes from our CDT community.”
 
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology is the independent board founded by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). It was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. In 2019, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) will be celebrating 60 years of working to enhance certification and standards within dental laboratory technology.
 
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology provides professional certification to both dental technicians and dental laboratories. NBC is dedicated to administering and promoting globally recognized certification programs to assess the knowledge and skills of dental technicians and to review facility and staff training criteria for dental laboratories.
 
For more information about NBC, please contact the NBC Office at (800) 684-5310.

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 NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations

Posted on June 11, 2019

NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is excited to announce that it will transition its written examinations entirely to computer-based testing with remote proctoring beginning January 1, 2020. This decision comes exactly one year after announcing that it would be offering its paper-based written examinations in this new computer-based testing with remote proctoring format in an effort to increase accessibility to its candidates.
 
“We have had such a positive response to the new computer-based testing option since its launch back in July 2018,” said NBC Chair Morris Fucarino, CDT. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring presents a great opportunity for candidates to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date and time of their choosing.”
 
NBC is continuing its partnership with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. It will also continue to offer its current paper-based format at volunteer locations until the end of 2019 as long as there are at least 5 candidates at that location. “With paper-based testing, candidates had to rely on volunteer host sites to be able to schedule a written examination and that significantly limited people’s opportunity to test,” said NBC Vice Chair, Dennis Urban, CDT. “With computer-based testing, someone can test 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
 
There will be certain rules with computer-based testing to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during and after the examination.
 
“We knew when we launched computer-based testing that it was with the intent that we would consider phasing out traditional paper-based testing at some point in time,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer Mark Stueck, CDT. “Since the computer-based option offers a greater accessibility without compromising the security and integrity of the examinations, it was a unanimous decision to move in that direction. We are excited to continue to evolve as an organization and remove some of the barriers to becoming a CDT, while still upholding the Certified Dental Technician credential.”
 
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association.
 
For additional information on becoming a CDT and the new computer-based testing option for the written examinations, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-application.cfm or contact NBC by email at certification@nbccert.org or by phone at (800) 684-5310.

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 Washington State – Dental Lab Standards Bill Implements ADA Policy

Posted on June 01, 2019

While dental laboratory groups in several other states are interested in adopting basic standards for dental laboratories, Washington State is currently the most recent state to implement the ADA policy on dental laboratories by adopting minimum standards for dental laboratories.    

The Washington State Dental Laboratory Association (WSDLA), in close cooperation with the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), have passed a bill through the state legislature that implements ADA policy on dental laboratory registration and disclosure.

WSDLA leaders Matt Chapman, CDT, Wes Brandon, CDT, Bob Lathrop, CDT and NADL staff started in earnest back in late 2016 by setting up an initial meeting with WSDA President Dr. Gregory Ogata, WSDA Executive Director Bracken Killpack and other WSDA leaders and staff.

Matt Chapman, 2017 WSDLA President, remembers his first visit to the state Capitol in Olympia.   "The first thing lawmakers asked was if we had an association for our profession in this state, and if the membership was in favor of the proposed bill,” said Chapman. “Then the conversation quickly turned to educating the legislators about the state of our industry."

The legislation was initially introduced in 2017 and WSDLA hired a lobbying firm, Phillips Burgess Government Relations, LLC, to assist with the process and help educate legislators on the importance of this issue. 
 
“You can never fully anticipate the challenges in any legislative effort, but Matt and Eric had done a great job of enlisting support from the Washington State Dental Association and the Department of Health, and with our strong set of bi-partisan Legislative sponsors in 2017 we felt confident that we could accomplish our goal, said Brad Tower, managing partner at Phillips Burgess Government Relations. “Persistence paid off, and we successfully addressed all of the concerns that were raised by various stakeholders, leading to unanimous support in both the House and Senate in 2019.”

It took three legislative sessions starting in 2017.  In this case, however, the third time was the charm to finally get the dental laboratory registration and disclosure bill passed.

“Washington State is extremely proud of the passage of this bill, and what it means for our industry and dental patients in the State, said Megan Nakanishi, current WSDLA president. “The goal of this legislative endeavor was to increase our professionalism and to improve dentist-laboratory communication as we strive to provide the best restorations for patients in the Pacific Northwest.  We believe this new law is setting us on the exact right track, and we are grateful for the tremendous support we received from our membership, the WSDA and the NADL.”

 

On April 19, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed the WSDLA Dental Laboratory Registration Bill into law.

Board Member Robert Criss, CDT from Bates Technical College Dental Lab Program
along with some of his dental technology students witness this important event.
 

The Bill:


Initially the new dental laboratory law has four primary requirements.  All dental labs servicing dentists in the State of Washington will be required to:

 

  1. Register with the Department of Health beginning in 2020
  2. Disclose to the dentist what materials are in each device.
  3. Disclose to the dentist the city, state and country where the device was made.
  4. Have the owner or at least one employee complete 12-hours of continuing education annually or be a Certified Dental Technician beginning in 2021. 

 

Beginning January 31, 2025 each dental laboratory must be owned by or have at least one employee who is a Certified Dental Technician.

What’s next:

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is just in the initial stages of the implementation of the new dental laboratory law and getting ready for the rule-making process to implement registration and the other provision of the act. During the next several months DOH will go through rule adoption process, develop a registration form, set a registration fee, and may possibly develop sample point of origin and materials content disclosure forms.
 
As the new act is implemented and rules are adopted WSDLA will be meeting with the Department of Health. When the state promulgates registration materials the WSDLA is planning to develop a Washington Dental Laboratory Registration Guide. NADL will be following the implementation developments in Washington closely as well.

 

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