January 24, 2017

OSAP and DANB Collaborate on Infection Control Education Initiative

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) are collaborating on a multi-year infection control education and credentialing initiative. The initiative will establish a standardized infection control educational program, with future plans to develop a professional certification program. These collaborative initiatives advance the organizations' missions, both of which relate to enhancing patient and practitioner safety.

Infection prevention, control and safety in dental settings is an ongoing concern. Serious infection control breaches in a small number of dental settings have made national headlines over the past few years. These types of breaches can have life-threatening impact.

“OSAP believes the protection of the public and the dental team is of the utmost importance,” states OSAP Executive Director Therese Long, MBA, CAE. “OSAP and DANB are natural partners for this collaboration because of our aligned missions and focus on public safety.”

“DANB is pleased to collaborate with OSAP,” says DANB Executive Director Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “Combining DANB’s certification and credentialing expertise with OSAP’s recognized infection control expertise creates synergy that goes beyond dental assistants to advance infection control education throughout dentistry.”

OSAP and DANB will begin to reach out to communities of interest to participate in various advisory committees and forums. More information will be forthcoming later this year.

To learn more about OSAP and DANB, visit www.osap.org or www.danb.org.

About OSAP
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP’s mission is to be the world’s leading provider of education that supports safe dental visits.

About DANB
The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB’s mission is to promote the public good by providing credentialing services to the dental community.


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