December 13, 2017

Cynthia Durley receives OSAP award

Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA, was recognized by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) at the OSAP Annual Conference, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 22-25, 2017. Ms. Durley serves as the Executive Director of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) and the DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate.

During the conference, OSAP’s Immediate Past Chair Mike Smurr present­ed the Chairman’s Cita­tion Award to Ms. Durley. The Chairman’s Citation is awarded to individuals who have contributed their talents, skills and time to OSAP and demonstrated an unwavering commit­ment to the advancement of dental safety.

“I am honored to receive recognition from OSAP,” says Ms. Durley. “Like OSAP, DANB and the DALE Foundation are committed to personnel safety and patient protection. It is an honor to work with an in­dustry leader like OSAP on important dental infec­tion prevention, control and safety practices.”

OSAP is collaborating with DANB and the DALE Foun­dation on a multiyear dental infection control education and credentialing initiative.

The initiative will estab­lish an assessment-based certificate program (2018), a dental infec­tion control industry special­ist designation (2018-2019), and a professional certifica­tion program in dental infec­tion control (2019-2020).

Earlier this year, OSAP and the DALE Foundation introduced their first co-developed, co-branded Continuing Dental Education Articles (CDEA) module: Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings, which is currently available on both organizations’ websites.

To learn more about OSAP and its numerous infection control resources, visit OSAP will be hosting its annual Dental Infection Control Boot Camp from Jan. 8-11, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.

To learn more about DANB or the DALE Foundation, visit or


About OSAP
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit .

About DANB
The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is recognized by the American Dental Association 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. Currently, there are more than 37,000 DANB certificants nationwide, and DANB exams are recognized or required by 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

About the DALE Foundation
The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (the DALE Foundation), is the official DANB affiliate. The DALE Foundation benefits the public by providing quality continuing education and conducting sound research to promote oral health. The DALE Foundation is an ADA CERP-recognized and AGD PACE-approved CE provider.

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