NADL 4th Quarter Webinar

Posted on August 28, 2018

NADL will be hosting the 4th Quarter Webinar on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. This webinar will be one hour in length, NBC approved for Professional Development credit, FREE for NADL Members, and $35.00 for non-members.

Tips from the Trenches – Business Management for Small to Mid-Size Dental Laboratories

Presented by: Denise Burris, CDT, Heather Voss, CDT, and Lonni Thompson, CDT

As a dental laboratory owner or manager for a smaller to mid-size dental laboratory, it gets difficult working both at the bench and on the bench – managing both the technical quality and the business environment. Hear from three smaller to mid-size dental laboratory owners: Denise Burris, CDT, By Design Dental Studio; Heather Voss, CDT, Legacy Dental Arts, CDL and Lonni Thompson, CDT, Image Gallery, CDL about their approaches to dental laboratory ownership and management; their greatest challenges and triumphs and their tips and tricks for thriving as a smaller to mid-size dental laboratory in a changing environment.

Register online at 

2019 NADL Member Awards - Nominations Open

Posted on August 01, 2018

2019 NADL Member Awards - Nominations Open


The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is elated to announce that nominations are now open for the 2019 Awards program. The NADL annually recognizes individuals and companies who have made contributions to the association and the dental laboratory profession. We take great pride in the talents of our members, and love recognizing their accomplishments through the NADL Awards program. There are few greater honors than to be recognized by your peers for achievements in the profession that has meant so much to your life.


If you know someone that deserves to be recognized, nominate them today by printing, filling out, and sending in the 2019 NADL Awards Nomination Form, or submit your nomination application online. Any NADL member in good standing may submit a nomination for someone, or individuals may nominate themselves. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, November 1, 2018.


Click Here for the 2019 Online NADL Awards Nomination Form


NADL University 2018 - Registration Open!

Posted on June 25, 2018

3 Days of Professional Management Education! The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) invites you to attend the 2018 NADL University program. The need for qualified managers in the dental laboratory industry was identified as one of the top 5 issues currently impacting the dental laboratory industry. NADL University was developed to meet the business education needs of today’s dental laboratory managers.
Participants of NADL University gain a sophisticated level of knowledge about the diverse aspects of management, including strategic thinking and planning in a competitive global environment. The program allows eligible professionals to earn a Certificate in Dental Laboratory Management during this 3-day, intensive course. Students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and immediately apply it in their dental laboratory.
Some topics include:
     • Purchasing and Inventory Control
     • Profitability, Operating Ratios and Benchmarking
     • Human Resources Management and Employment Regulations
     • Client Relations and Laboratory Management
     • Quality Assurance Systems and Good Manufacturing Practices
     • Marketing and Chair Side Services
     • Production Standards and Production Pay
For more information regarding courses, speakers, and application information please visit our website at
Dates & Location:
NADL University will be held in Tempe, Arizona at The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. NADL University will run from September 20 – 22, 2018. The deadline to sign up is August 15th! The NADL University program is limited to 25 participants. Reserve your spot by completing the application and sending it back to the NADL office either by mail, fax, or email. You can also apply online at
Hotel Information:
To make your reservations at The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, call (800) 547-8705 or (480) 894-1400 no later than August 20 and ask for the National Association of Dental Laboratories’ room rate. Reservations made after August 20 will be subject to availability. You can also go to and use group promo code 2UF5LL.

Grant Information:
Recognizing the need for increased accessibility to dental laboratory management and education, Kulzer and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology have partnered to bring you the Kulzer NADL University Grant. This grant will cover tuition for two (2) individuals to attend NADL University in 2018. Visit to download the grant application and learn more about this fantastic opportunity. Deadline to apply for this grant is July 15th!
Questions about NADL University? Email [email protected] or call us at (800) 950-1150.


NBC Launches Computer-Based Testing for Written Examinations

Posted on June 18, 2018

NBC is excited to announce that they are launching computer-based testing for the written examinations. The first computer-based testing (CBT) written examinations will be offered beginning July 1, 2018.
“The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching computer-based testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Denise Burris, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination security. We saw computer-based testing as an opportunity to offer a greater number of testing locations and more flexible scheduling.”
NBC will partner with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring still meets the desire for increased accessibility as candidates will be able to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date and time of their choosing,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Dennis Urban, CDT.
Of course, there will be certain rules to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during and after the examination.
“Over the last two years, our focus has been on updating our examinations to keep pace with the changing market trends’,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Vice Chair. “In 2017, we launched revised job task outlines, updated examination references, reviewed and rewrote examination questions and revised practical examinations. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.” 
Click Here for Additional Information
For additional information on becoming a CDT and the new computer-based testing option for the written examinations, please visit or contact NBC by email at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 684-5310. 

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.

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 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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