2018 NADL Awards Winners

Posted on February 08, 2018

NADL Awards presented at the Vision 21 Meeting in Las Vegas

NADL honored the outstanding contributors to dental laboratory technology at the annual Vision 21 Meeting on Friday, January 18, 2018 at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were nominated by their peers and were selected based on an objective point system.

NADL Awards Included:

NADL Supplier Member of the Year
The Argen Corporation

This award is presented to an NADL member manufacturer/supplier company that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Laboratory Member of the Year
Bayou State Crown and Bridge, Lab, Inc., CDL, DAMAS 

This award is presented to an NADL member laboratory that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Hall of Fame Award
Judy Fishman

This award is presented to an individual that has made contributions to the dental laboratory profession in general. This award holds NADL's highest honor.

Excellence in Education - Laboratory
ROE Dental Laboratory, CDL, DAMAS 

This award recognizes a dental laboratory that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Excellence in Education
Jim Collis, CDT

This award recognizes an individual that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.   

2018 CDT of the Year
Patrick Pellett, CDT 

This award presented by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), recognizes an individual Certified Dental Technician (CDT) who has made contributions to his/her peers and the dental laboratory profession, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.


Michigan’s Sales Tax on Dental Prosthetics Is No More

Posted on January 26, 2018

Good news for Michigan dental labs.  House Bill 5173 specifically exempts dental prosthetics from Michigan’s sales tax.  And the best part is the reinstatement of the dental prosthetic sales tax exemption is retroactive to July 1, 2017.  This will be a big help to any labs that got the word late and were still trying to figure out if they owe any uncollected sales tax.  Michigan dental labs can now say, “farewell sales tax on dental prosthetics, we hardly knew you.” 

For the full text of House Bill 5173 as approved by the Governor please see:

So this means that there is no more sales tax on dental prosthetics and Michigan dental laboratories are still able to claim the industrial processing exemption on qualifying materials used to make them.

Link to the industrial processing exemption rule:

205.54t Exemptions; limitation; industrial processing; definitions.

Links to Industrial Processing Exemption information and forms:,4676,7-238-43519_43529-155524--,00.html


Call of Board Member Candidates

Posted on January 25, 2018

Call of Board Member Candidates 

The NADL, NBC, and Foundation are seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2019 NADL Board of Directors, 2019 NBC Board of Trustees and 2019 FDLT Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2018 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2019.

The boards guide the organization through proven leadership, a shared vision and support for the missions of the association. If you enjoy collaborating with other professionals and have a desire to give back to your profession, we want you!

Qualities of an Effective Board Member

-       Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward. It requires a proven commitment to the organization and its missions and goals.
-       Participating fully in association activities requires extra time and expense for attending meetings.
-       Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate are essential to effective teamwork.
-       An effective board member brings their expertise and experience to provide value, but such experience and expertise should not drive the policy-making process.
-       Intuitive and interpretive skills enable leaders to understand the people around them, internalize the data they receive, recognize the relationships that exist between systems within their world and integrate all these elements into a coherent whole.
-       Focusing on policy-making, not the day-to-day operations of the organization is what makes an effective board.

To view eligibility requirements for board service, please visit the News Page on each organization’s website. Candidates interested in serving will be required to read and sign a board application in order to be considered for board service.

Contact Deborah at or by phone at (800) 950-1150 to request a board application. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be submitted by email to by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018. No late submissions will be considered. 

To Download the Application Click Here:

MDMA Statement on an Additional Two-Year Suspension of the Device Tax

Posted on January 23, 2018

MDMA Statement on an Additional Two-Year Suspension of the Device Tax
Washington, D.C. – Mark Leahey, President and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), issued the following statement today regarding the passage of a continuing resolution that includes an additional two-year suspension of the medical device tax:
MDMA applauds Congress for passing legislation that funds the government and reauthorizes CHIP, while protecting medical technology innovation from the destructive impact of the medical device tax by suspending it for two additional years.  We remain committed to working with the broad, bipartisan coalition that supports a full and permanent repeal of the device tax this year so that this dynamic American ecosystem can deliver the next generation of cures and life-saving therapies, and provide the high-tech manufacturing jobs that develop them.


NADL Component Section Meeting | Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront ~ Chicago, IL

Posted on January 16, 2018

2018 NADL Component Member Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 NADL Component Member Meeting. This year's meeting will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront in Chicago, Illinois.

This meeting is your opportunity to learn more about your association and members, speak with others in the industry, and discover what resources NADL has available for its Component Members. Visit to register.

We would love to see you there, so register today for this important meeting and as always thank you for your continued support of NADL and the industry!

Register Online

Contact NADL Meetings at or by phone at (800) 950-1150 with any questions.


Posted on January 12, 2018

NBC will be hosting its first ever Certified Dental Technician appreciation event, in conjunction with LMT Chicago Lab Day. We hope to put on a great networking event for RGs, CDTs, Certified Dental Laboratories, and technicians interested in becoming certified. You are invited to attend the NBC CDT Fest to come mingle with others in the industry and enjoy a special reception celebrating certification. We hope to see you there!

Event Details: 
February 23, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel

  The event is free of charge but we ask that you pre-register as space is limited. RSVP     at

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact NBC Program Manager Caroline Thomas at or complete the sponsorship agreement form here:

*Sponsorship agreements must be received by January 21, 2018.


NADL Education Section Conference | Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront ~ Chicago, IL

Posted on January 11, 2018

2018 NADL Education Section Conference

Registration is now open for the 2018 NADL Education Section Conference. This year’s meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront in Chicago, Illinois.

The new format for this meeting will include an open session in the morning, a networking luncheon, and a closed session in the afternoon to allow more in depth discussion. The agenda is packed this year with industry updates, facilitated discussion, and open forums on topics affecting your program as well as the dental laboratory technology industry. Visit to view the full agenda. 

This meeting is your opportunity to learn more about the future of dental laboratory technology education, speak with others in the industry, and discover what resources NADL has available for its Educator Members.

Download the registration form at or visit to register online. REGISTER TODAY for this important meeting!

Download Registration Form l Register Online

Contact NADL Meetings at or by phone at (800) 950-1150 with any questions.

The US Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) will come back into effect in 2018.

Posted on January 04, 2018

The US Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) will come back into effect in 2018

Manufacturers and importers of taxable medical devices will be subject to a 2.3% tax on US sales.

  • Originally implemented in 2013 as part of the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), MDET imposed a 2.3% excise tax on manufacturers and importers of “taxable medical devices” sold in or imported to the US. Campaigns by industry trade groups as well as many US legislators to repeal MDET began even before the 2013 implementation; although those efforts did not succeed, the US government did place a moratorium on MDET whereby medical device companies were not liable for the tax from January 2016 to December 2017.
  • Now, medical device manufacturers and importers will have to report sales of taxable devices to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first quarter of 2018 no later than April 30, 2018.

Any listed medical device that has a three-letter FDA product code falls under MDET requirements. Devices that currently have no FDA product codes assigned to them are not subject to the tax.

In short, most dental laboratories are not subject directly to the Medical Device Excise Tax. However, all dental laboratories will likely see increased costs for materials and equipment in 2018, as suppliers may increase costs to laboratories to offset the tax.

NADL previously published a Member Guide to the Medical Device Excise Tax to help outline what activities and/or products may trigger tax compliance for dental laboratories. The manual is available to members by emailing

Host the CDT Examinations

Posted on December 08, 2017

Do you have technicians in your lab that are interested in becoming certified? If so, you may be interested in hosting the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Examinations in your laboratory.
NBC is currently recruiting volunteer laboratories to host the written and practical CDT Examinations in 2018. This is a great opportunity to offer additional testing locations around the nation, while at the same time affording your technicians an opportunity to become certified without having to travel. Visit to find out about hosting the exams right in your lab.
Click Here to Download the Exam Date Request Form
Contact Deborah Caldwell at, or by phone at (800) 684-5310, if you would like additional information emailed to you or if you have any questions about hosting the exams.

NADL Winter Daze 2018

Posted on December 08, 2017

You asked for more in-person continuing education. What better place to offer this than at the Mid-Winter Meetings? NADL proudly presents a half day of educational courses at LMT Lab Day. Topics range from business planning and professional development to technical education.
The 2018 NADL Winter Daze will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 7:30a.m. - 12:15p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Visit to view the full schedule and course descriptions. Speakers this year will include:
     - Gary Morgan, CDT
     - Alexander Wünsche, CDT
     - Mark Williamson, CDT
     - David Avery, CDT, TE
There is a discounted rate of $35.00 for NADL Members to attend. This one fee gets you access to all of the courses! Plus, all funds will go to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology to help support grant programs for schools, education and certification. The registration deadline is February 16, 2018. This course is limited to 100 attendees. 
Register Online
Contact Deborah Caldwell at or by phone at (800) 950-1150 with any questions.

FDLT Online Program Peer Review – Call for Volunteers!

Posted on November 08, 2017

FDLT Online Program Peer Review
Great opportunity to earn Scientific Credit
Finding qualified technicians continues to be one of the greatest challenges within the dental laboratory profession. The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Trust wholly supports formal dental laboratory education and encourages those interested in working within the profession to consider a formal educational program. However, for technicians working on the job, obtaining access to high quality comprehensive theoretical knowledge in the profession can be a challenge.
Recognizing that there is still a need for a comprehensive program that focuses on teaching core knowledge based competencies for current and future technicians, the Foundation has spent considerable time and resources creating content to be distributed through a comprehensive online program. 
As part of the development process and as a quality control measure in launching a program of this nature, the Foundation needs your help in reviewing the modules that make up each course. 
Responsibilities would include being assigned 1-2 modules (provided electronically) based off of your realm of knowledge, reviewing the modules in detail, and completing a corresponding evaluation. This project is estimated to take 2-4 hours to complete over a 14 day span. You will receive 2 hours of Scientific credit upon completion of each module.
If you are interested in participating in the peer review process, please take a moment to fill out a short volunteer form HERE.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in participating in improving the future of dental laboratory technology. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Rowan at or call (866) 627-3990.

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