Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Announces National Fundraiser to Support Grants and Scholarships for Dental Technicians and DLT Schools

Posted on May 22, 2018

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) is proud to announce a new fundraiser to support grants and scholarships. 

Ivoclar Vivadent and the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) are joining forces to raise funds to support the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology by giving folks the chance to win “The Spirit of the Esthetic Revolution™” – a 1995 Harley-Davidson® Softail Classic motorcycle donated by Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

Tickets can be purchased at between now and January 10, 2019. Tickets are $25.00 and for every four tickets purchased, you will get a fifth ticket entry free. One winning ticket will be selected in a random drawing from all tickets purchased at the 2019 NADL Vision 21 Meeting being held January 17 – 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. 

Since 2008, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to dental technicians looking to further their education and enhance their skills within the restorative dental field.

“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Ivoclar Vivadent and their CEO Robert Ganley for their generosity in donating this 1995 Harley-Davidson Softail Classic to help raise funds for the Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Gary Iocco. 

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose 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. For additional information about the Foundation and its program, visit

ABOUT IVOCLAR VIVADENT: Ivoclar Vivadent is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry. The company employs over 3200 people and operates in over 120 countries throughout the world. Ivoclar Vivadent is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Its North American headquarters is based in Amherst, NY.

AGD Impact Article - The Changing Landscape of Dental Labs

Posted on May 14, 2018

Earlier this month, the Academy of General Dentistry  published an article titled, The Changing Landscape of Dental Labs in the AGD Impact MagazineThe article discussed the current state of the industry, the factors impacting consolidation of dental laboratories and the impact that these changes will have on dentists. 
To read the full version of the article, visit or CLICK HERE.

NADL Update on Proposed Tariffs on Dental Restorations

Posted on May 01, 2018

April 30, 2018
NADL Update on Proposed Tariffs on Dental Restorations
In early April, the NADL released information on proposed tariffs that could impact the cost of goods sold for imported finished dental restorations that come from China.
The U.S. Government will hold a hearing in May 2018 on the proposed tariffs. It remains to be seen, whether or not the tariffs will actually become effective. This assessment is based on the fact that on a daily basis there are continuing negotiations and political posturing between the United States and China on tariffs and other trade matters.
The NADL board of directors at its most recent board meeting has decided not to take a position on the proposed tariffs, or submit any public comment on these specific proposed tariffs.
As NADL’s previous news alert outlines, China is the only country subject to the proposed tariffs. It is true, that China remains the largest exporter of finished dental restorations coming into the U.S. Marketplace.
According to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission as of March 2018, Vietnam is the next biggest exporter, followed by countries including Mexico and Costa Rica. It is expected that if the proposed tariffs on Chinese imported products went into effect, the market may respond and shift off shore restorations to another country that is not subject to tariffs. This would not result in reducing the number of foreign produced restorations coming into the U.S. marketplace, just the point of origin.
NADL’s board looked at tariffs in general as part of its debate on the current proposed tariffs. It should be noted, that in the future, other countries could be considered for tariffs on imported products. This could include component parts and/or finished restorations.
As most dental laboratories know the majority of raw materials and equipment used by U.S dental laboratories come from outside the U.S., namely Europe. There is concern that supporting tariffs in general, could be counterproductive if further tariffs are considered to apply to other dental products imported from other countries.
Although NADL is not taking a position, pro or con on the current proposed tariffs, it will continue to share updates on this and future tariff proposals, so its membership and other stakeholders in the dental laboratory market are best informed on these matters.

NADL 2nd Quarter Webinar

Posted on April 24, 2018

NADL will be hosting the 2nd Quarter Webinar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. This webinar will be one (1) hour in length and will be NBC-approved for Regulatory Standards credit. The webinar will be FREE for NADL Members and $35.00 for non-members.

Click Here to Register!

“In Simple Terms: What You Need to Know About the FDA” presented by Tim Torbenson
     - Understand why the FDA is now requiring CAD/CAM dental labs to implement a Quality Management system that complies with the FDA’s Title 21 CFR 820?  
     - Am I exempt?  5 Simple Questions.
     - What is Title 21 CFR 820?  
     - What is a Class II Medical Device as it relates to the Dental Laboratory?
     - What is a Quality Management System?
     - How do I get my lab compliant with the FDA?
     - What does it cost and how does it benefit my lab?

Register online by visiting More information can be found online at

Tim Torbenson has over 41 years’ experience in the dental industry with the past 31 years dedicated to the restorative processes involving Dental implants. He has a diverse experience with medical device manufacturing, sales, management and regulatory affairs. Tim brings his regulatory experiences from his time at Attachments International, Glidewell Dental Laboratories and most recently Integrated Dental Systems where Tim oversaw the development of 5 implants systems through design, production and their regulatory processes. Tim is now the president of evo820, a regulatory consulting firm dedicated to helping dental laboratories meet FDA requirements through a practical and affordable process.

National Dental Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on April 16, 2018

National Dental Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) celebrate June as Dental Technician and Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Appreciation Month.

"I tip my hat to my fellow Certified Dental Technicians as we celebrate CDT Appreciation Month!” said Denise Burris, 2018 NBC Chair and NADL board member.  “The commitment required to earn your CDT designation is a direct reflection of your pride in yourself, your craft and especially to the patients you serve. It is a process that acutely defines your desire to elevate your skills to a professional level.  I share in your dedication!”

Dental technicians bring considerable experience and subject matter expertise in the areas of dental materials, technology utilization, shade verification and restorative dentistry. Although generally operating behind the scenes of the oral health team, dental technicians are a crucial part of ensuring delivery of quality dental care.

Robert Savage, 2018 NADL Board President shared, “Drake Dental Lab has had a long tradition of encouraging the pursuit and attainment of the designation of CDT.  Our founder Billy Drake, CDT achieved his 40-year certificate this past January and today Drake employs over 17 CDT’s with more working hard to complete the process.  We believe that the Certified Dental Technician title demonstrates a willingness for continued skill and career advancement which is paramount in fulfilling our mission of dental excellence. Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to achieve this status.”

NADL seeks to inform dentists and patients of the important role of the dental laboratory technician and dental laboratory through its What’s In Your Mouth campaign. In the U.S., most states set no minimum standards for persons to be employed as dental technicians. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians.

The NBC is 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.

The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in six specialty areas: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures and implants.

NADL is the unified voice of the dental laboratory industry supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.

Please contact Meghan Brasher at (800) 950-1150 or by email at to help celebrate!

NADL News Alert – Proposed Tariffs on Imported Dental Laboratory Restorations: Preliminary Analysis of USTR-2018-0005

Posted on April 09, 2018

National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL)

 News Alert – April 9, 2018

Proposed Tariffs on Imported Dental Laboratory Restorations

Preliminary analysis of USTR-2018-0005 applicability to dental laboratories

On April 3, 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Notice proposed imposing an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. 

Read the notice at

The notice sets a public comment period through May 11, 2018 and a public hearing is to be held on May 15, 2018.

The products that will be subject to the 25% additional duty are listed using subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). 

The subheadings 9021.21.40 and 9021.29.80 are included in the list of products.  (See USTR 2018-0005 at page 54)

Subheadings 9021.21.40 and 9021.21.80 include dentures, crowns, abutments, implants, fixed bridges, temporary inlays, onlays, veneers.  The subheading ending in 40 applies if the item is considered made of plastic and the sub heading ending in 80 applies if made of something other than plastic.  While subheading 9021.21.80 is not currently listed in the USTR Notice, it is not entirely clear if the USTR’s Final Determination will apply the tariff to all 9021.21 “Artificial teeth and dental fittings, and parts and accessories thereof” or to just those made of plastic.     

NADL's analysis of applicability to dental laboratory products is based on the outcomes of prior Tariff Classification Rulings.

One such ruling can be viewed at

If the USTR’s proposal becomes effective, then dentures, crowns, abutments, implants, fixed bridges, temporary inlays, onlays, veneers that come from China will be subject to an additional 25% tariff.

What is the impact on the actual cost of imported restorations, if the tariffs become effective?

If a dental laboratory or other purchasing entity pays $20.00 for a Chinese crown currently, then if the tariff becomes effective they will now pay $25.00.  

The duty is levied at the time of import and is paid by the importer of record.

The Tariff is calculated on the transaction value which would typically be the price the importer is paying.  

Definition of Transaction Value located at

What is the effective date of the Tariff? Could the proposed Tariff be repealed before it goes into effect?

No tariffs take effect until USTR issues a Final Determination.  The USTR’s Final Determination could change the amount of the tariff to be charged, or if they are using this as some sort of bargaining chip to reach another agreement, they could back off of the China tariff entirely. 

Since May 22, 2018 is the due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments, presumably USTR would wait until after they reviewed those comments before issuing a Final Determination.

If the USTR does go forward with the China tariff, the USTR’s Final Determination wouldn’t come out till probably June 2018 at the earliest and then may allow some number of days from when the Final Determination is issued before the effective date when any tariffs needs to start being paid.  This means any proposed tariffs likely wouldn’t take effect until mid-June or early July. 

What is NADL’s position on the proposed tariffs?

NADL’s Board of Directors meets later in April and will be discussing the proposed tariffs. The Board of Directors will determine any position it may take and consider any public comments it may submit for the public comment process at its upcoming Board meeting.

The NADL will continue to release updates to its membership and interested parties based on future USTR actions.


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