DANB earns ISO accreditation

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Last year, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) worked with the International Accreditation Service to pursue ISO/IEC 17024:2012 accreditation. This accreditation is a global benchmark for organizations that certify individuals.

In October 2015, DANB was notified that it had officially earned ISO 17024 accreditation for the Certified Dental Assistant™ (CDA®) and Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA®) certification programs. The ISO 17024 standard includes rigorous requirements for exam development, administration and scoring, as well as for quality management systems to help to ensure continuing quality of the certification program.

“Earning ISO accreditation demonstrates that DANB operates these certification programs in a consistent, reliable manner,” explains Johnna Gueorguieva, Ph.D., DANB Senior Director, Credentialing and Client Services.

DANB’s CDA and COA certification programs also continue to be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).This demonstrates DANB’s compliance with these national standards of excellence for professional certification programs. The NCCA is a commission of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and provides accreditation for credentialing programs.

“We are proud to hold these accreditations,” says DANB Executive Director Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA, “and remain committed to supporting dental assistants, the oral healthcare community and the public through our credentialing services.”


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