About Us

Brief Background

Indian Dental Association (IDA), an authoritative voice of dental professionals, and committed to dental excellence, aims at optimal oral health for all.

IDA in order to render highest quality of public oral health care encourages and provides continuing oral & dental education which maintains, improves and broadens the knowledge and skills; and keeps professional expertise up-to-date in line with current developments. Thus, enhancing the quality of oral health care rendered.

The dental profession’s foremost priorities are to promote and provide oral health care which is possible only by the accreditation of continuing education.

IDA promotes dentistry by perpetuating the profession’s integrity and ethics, strengthening the patient-dentist relationship and serving as both, a source of information and a voice for the profession.

The dental profession is one which requires consistently good practice, compassion and understanding of the patient’s needs. Constant changes in the science of materials, techniques, technology and new diagnostic breakthroughs necessitate constant up-gradation of not only one’s clinical skills but also practice standards and awareness.

IDA recognizes the importance of having dental practices and education as per world standards and hence advocates CODE and Dental practice accreditation so that dentists can improve and adapt to the changes around them in a sustainable manner.


Indian Dental Association (IDA) in collaboration with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Govt. of India, developed a roadmap to accreditation. This emphasized the need for accreditation of professional education, particularly in the prevailing globalised environment. Continuing Oral & Dental Education (CODE) is necessary for dental professionals to enhance the knowledge and skill to render quality services to patient,

There is greater need to include a commitment to life-long learning, and an emphasis on professional ethics and moral responsibility.

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Accreditation is needed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public are in sync with latest technology and development along with the acknowledgement of the conventional methods and procedures. We are committed to the continued advancement of the educational standards in order to provide highest quality of oral health care for the public.

These accreditation guidelines highlight the association’s commitment to provide quality oral health care for the public.

IDA asserts that Accrediting CODE are the minimum requirements because the recent advances in oral health care delivery including mounting scientific evidence associates periodontal (gum) disease and systemic diseases, thus increased demand for access to oral health services.

Oral health and Total health

Oral health is an integral component of overall health. This necessitates caring and donating our attention for oral health as an essential component just as we signify general health and well-being. Links between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes have long been noted. Research also points to associations between chronic oral infections and heart and lung diseases, stroke, and low-birth-weight - premature births.

These associations are particularly important because often the signs and symptoms of systemic diseases, such as diabetes, first appear in the mouth. Oral health and its relationship to total health underscore the need for quality education for dental professionals.

Promoting oral health and providing dental care in a safe environment are the dental profession’s foremost priorities. The profession seeks to serve the public by advocating improved access to care, research and innovation, the development of standards for materials and technology.

We recognize that Oral health is integral to general health, and thus aim to enhance the quality, availability, affordability of oral health care so that public benefits by improvement in general health and well- being.

Innovations in Oral health research continue to contribute to success in understanding and fighting many other diseases and disorders, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, osteoarthritis, Paget’s disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers of the mouth and throat, chronic pain and other neurologic disorders and infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and AIDS.

Access to Care

Access to preventive and therapeutic dental care can be increased by improving quality of education provided and expanding dental professionals practice settings.

Disparities in access to oral health care services can be found today among various population groups depending upon socioeconomic level, race and ethnicity, age and gender. IDA has repeatedly emphasized that oral disease rates and oral health needs are highest in low-income and special- needs populations, such as the elderly or disabled.

The purpose of ACODE Governing board and ACODE Regulatory board has been protection of the public. IDA enforces rules that regulate the practice of dentistry to enhance the oral health of the public. These boards ensure that registered dentists maintain competence and practice in accordance with the law. The boards assure the public that dental professionals are qualified to provide safe, reliable, and appropriate care.

Future Trends

It is important for dental professionals to keep abreast of changes within their professions because knowledge is expanding due to increased research and technology. Technological advances are also expanding the way dental professionals are educated, services are provided to the public, and how data are collected and disseminated.

IDA advocates Continuing Oral & Dental Education for all dental professionals to expand scientific knowledge and enhance practice modalities. It is only through accredited Continuing Oral & Dental Education that dental professionals can expand their knowledge and skills to meet the future health care needs of the public.

To enhance the knowledge & skill of dental professionals to render quality services to patient through quality educational programmes & accreditation.

The mission of accreditation of Continuing Oral & Dental Education is

  • To accelerate excellence in Oral healthcare performance of dental professionals and educators through education, advocacy and collaboration.
  • IDA serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of Oral, dental and dental-related education that reflect the evolving practice of dentistry.
The scope of accreditation of Continuing Oral & Dental Education encompasses dental and advanced dental education programmes. We aim to provide dental professionals with standardized and current content by conducting quality CODE covering the most current information on a wide variety of topics. We meet all the needs of the dental professionals who are committed to lifelong learning.

The assessment of quality in educational programmes is the foundation for improving standards of dental care. In addition to the emphasis on quality education, accreditation of Continuing Oral & Dental Education programmes are designed to meet the following goals:

  • To protect the public welfare.
  • Develop and maintain national accreditation requirements for education programmes and health facilities based on current knowledge and practice in consultation with stakeholders.
  • To promote an educational environment that fosters innovation and continuous improvement.
  • A guideline for developing academic programmes.
  • To help making judgments regarding the quality of the educational programme using defined processes.
  • Monitor the need to establish reciprocal agreements with related international accrediting agencies.
  • To provide dental professionals with reasonable assurance that the programme is meeting its stated objectives.

Specific objectives of the current version of the standards include:

  • Streamlining the accreditation process by including only standards critical to the evaluation of the quality of the educational programme.
  • Increasing the focus on competency statements in curriculum-related standards.
  • Emphasizing an educational environment with a goal to foster critical thinking and prepare dental graduates to be life-long learners.

IDA is committed to the integration of the following values:

  • Quality – Striving for excellence in all its endeavors.
  • Collaboration – .Engaging with stakeholders to accomplish its mission.
  • Respect – Embracing diversity of ideas, culture and language.
  • Integrity – Acting in an ethical and transparent manner
The primary purpose of accreditation is to ensure and assess the quality of educational programmes offered by monitoring, modification and feedback of participants. Accreditation of a programme signifies that the programme offered has been found to meet the standards, and that the programme will provide dental professionals with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to deliver optimal care.

CODE Scenario


  • ADA Continuing Education Regulation Program (CERP) regulates and Accredits Course Providers
  • Academy of General Dentistry – Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) also recognises and accredits CE and has a policy on credit hour allocation
  • General Dental Council states - A Dentist - must do, and keep records of, 250 hours of Continuing Professional development (CPD) over every five-year cycle.

At least 75 of the 250 hours that are done in every five-year cycle must be verifiable CPD. From 2008 compulsory CPD extended to dental care professionals (DCPs)


The Singapore Dental council regulates CDE. The dentist is required to attain 70 CDE points during the 2 years' qualifying period.

The changing demographic profile is necessarily accompanied by changing disease patterns, increasing levels of education and health awareness, mere health spending by the Individual as well as the government. The patient centered and evidence-based model of health care is becoming apparent in the Indian Context. The emergence of India as one the lead power house of economic growth and development in a globalized economy has led to a critical appraisal of the Oral health care and educational scenario both from the public as well as the policy makers and the apex regulatory body, Ministry of Health.

While the Dentist-Population ratio has been increasing due to the exponential growth of Dental Institutions of higher learning, the rapid pace of technological and scientific advances, the looming threat of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and risk of cross contamination in the dental clinic clearly mandate a system of Continuing Oral & Dental Education to keep the Dental practitioner aware in terms of current knowledge & skills, thereby enhancing standards of care as well as projecting the Indian Dental Education and health care system onto a global model.