As I am sure you are aware, on April 3, 2020, the American Dental Association’s National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards (NCRDSCB) designated Orofacial Pain as a new specialty in dentistry.

The NCRDSCB is now considering the application of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) to be recognized as the Official Certifying Board for the field of OFP. We are now in a 60-day period, during which public comments may be submitted to the NCRDSCB regarding the ABOP application. The AAOP has endorsed the ABOP’s application and is requesting that all of our members and interested healthcare professionals submit positive comments to the NCRDSCB supporting their application.

The following notification was from the NCRDSCB and provides guidance and links for reviewing the application and submitting comments.

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards is inviting public comment on the following application that has been submitted for dental specialty certifying board recognition:

 

The American Board of Orofacial Pain is requesting to be recognized as the national certifying board for Orofacial Pain.

Please click on the link below to review this application:

https://www.ada.org/en/ncrdscb

https://www.ada.org/en/ncrdscb/who-we-are/news-and-meetings

Comment Period and Deadline

National Commission policy provides that the public comment on an application’s compliance with the ADA Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists is to be solicited for a sixty (60) day period. Accordingly, written comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm (central daylight savings time) on May 3, 2021

Any comments received after the 5:00 pm (central daylight savings time) deadline on May 3, 2021 will not be considered by the National Commission.

Comments must be objective and pertain only to the applicant’s compliance with the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists. To better assist the communities of interest with interpreting the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists and providing comments on applications for recognition, the National Commission has designed a comment sheet that is posted on the National Commissions’ website with the American Board of Orofacial Pain’s application for recognition.

The National Commission will disregard comments that are not related to the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists. Comments that are not objective and/or include Protected Health Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or violate the American Dental Associations’ Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, or contain any unprofessional remarks will be disregarded. If the National Commission receives form letters with duplicate content signed by different individuals, the letters will be counted as one (1) letter signed by multiple submitters.

Given the current pandemic, only comments submitted electronically will be accepted.

Comments should be addressed to Ms. Catherine Baumann, Director, National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards at: nationalcommission@ada.org

Catherine Baumann, M.A.P.S. baumannca@ada.org
Director, National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards
Education
312.440.2697
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