New lead for dental materials and equipment standards
Dundee professor appointed chair of British committee
Graham Chadwick, Professor of Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials Science at the University of Dundee, has been appointed chair of CH/106, the British Standards Institution (bsi) committee overseeing dental materials and equipment.
Professor Chadwick takes over from Peter Jacobsen who led the committee for 17 years and enabled the UK to participate in standards development on the world stage through the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
“Peter will be a hard act to follow having been involved with standards for 44 years, representing the BDA since 1978 on six standards committees,” said Professor Chadwick. “He guided the development of the standard for polymeric restorative materials (ISO 4049) as convenor of the ISO Working Group since 1980 and was responsible for four revisions.”
Following Brexit, standards are of increased importance and Professor Chadwick said that it was essential that the profession was involved in their shaping. He is keen that all members of the dental profession should contribute to standards’ revision and development.
The current dental portfolio, covering a wide range from aspirators to xenon lights, to materials, comprises around 170 standards.
“A lot of expertise is required,” said Professor Chadwick. “To this end a series of webinars is planned with a view to explaining standards and recruiting new committee members.”