DANB COO Inducted as NCCA Commissioner

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CHICAGO (December 30, 2009) – On November 20, 2009 DANB Chief Operating Officer Liz Koch, MPH, M.Ed., was inducted as a Commissioner of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The induction ceremony was held during the 2009 Annual Educational Conference of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance).

"It is an honor to be appointed to serve on NCCA's Commission to uphold and enforce the high standards that certification agencies - including DANB - must meet in order for their certification programs to earn NCCA accreditation," Koch said. Koch is one of 12 NCCA Commissioners and will serve in the Administrative Reviewer capacity. Koch was nominated for the Commissioner position by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence's Nominating Committee and elected by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence's membership.

While in the role of Commissioner, Koch will be responsible for reviewing the policy and procedures of credentialing organizations. "One of my main duties will be to review new and renewal applications and make accreditation decisions at meetings held throughout the year," Koch stated.

The NCCA's mission is to "help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competency." Using a peer-review process, the NCCA establishes accreditation standards, evaluates compliance with the standards, recognizes organizations/programs that demonstrate compliance, and serves as a resource on quality certification.

Receiving NCCA accreditation demonstrates an organization/program has met the high standards of the NCCA. The NCCA has reviewed and accredited DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) national exam certification programs. DANB's CDA exam includes the General Chairside (GC), Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), and Infection Control (ICE) component exams. DANB's COA exam includes the Orthodontic Assisting (OA) and Infection Control (ICE) component exams.

For more information about the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and NCCA accreditation, visit www.credentialingexcellence.org

About DANB

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. DANB serves the public by promoting a means of identifying qualified and competent dental assistants and by measuring and promoting excellence in oral healthcare delivery. As a Mark of Dental Assisting Excellence, DANB Certification is a source of pride for those who achieve it. Currently, there are more than 33,000 DANB Certificants nationwide, and DANB Certifications and Certificates of Competency are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, DANB Certification may be earned in the areas of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and/or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA). In addition to these two national certifications, DANB offers Certificates of Competency in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE). The RHS and ICE exams are components of the CDA exam, and ICE is also a component of the COA exam. Individuals may take these components separately in order to earn Certificates of Competency. Passing either or both of these exams demonstrates a dental assistant's competency in these two areas that are important to the health and safety of oral healthcare workers and patients alike.

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