Getting lost in the world of dentistry-related acronyms? The following list might help. If there are others you think we should add, please send a note using the contact form on this site.

ACDQ : Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec

ACFD : Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry

ACSD : L’Association Canadienne des spécialités dentaires

ADA : American Dental Association

ADA&C : Alberta Dental Association & College

ADA-CDEL : American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and Licensure

ADA-CODA : American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation

ADEA : American Dental Education Association

AFN : Assembly of First Nations

AGD : Academy of General Dentistry

AHA : American Heart Association

APC : Association of Prosthodontists of Canada

ASDA : American Dental Student Association

ASAE : American Society of Association Executives

BCDA : British Columbia Dental Association

BOD : Board of Directors

CADA : Canadian Academy of Dental Anesthesia

CADC : Canadian Association for Dental Consultants

CADR : Canadian Association for Dental Research

CAE : Canadian Academy of Endodontics

CAO : Canadian Association of Orthodontists

CAOMR : Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

CAP : Canadian Academy of Periodontology

CAPD : Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

CAOMP & OM : Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine

CAOMS : Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

CAPHD : Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry

CARDP : Canadian Association of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics

CAS : Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society

CCHFA : Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation

CDA : Canadian Dental Association

CDAA : Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association

CDAC : Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

CDHA : Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association

CDIP : Canadian Dentists’ Insurance Program

CDRAF : Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation

CDSA : Canadian Dental Specialties Association

CDSBC : College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia

CDSC : Canadian Dental Student Conference

CDSPI : Formerly know as the Canadian Dental Service Plans Inc.

CDSS : College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan

CDTA : Canadian Dental Therapists Association

CFDS : Canadian Forces Dental Services

CHICA : Community and Hospital Infection Control Association - Canada

CHN : Canadian Health Network

CIHI : Canadian Institute for Health Information

CIHR : Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CLHIA : Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

CMA : Canadian Medical Association

CPSI : Canadian Patient Safety Institute

CRA : Canada Revenue Agency

CSA : Canadian Standards Association

CSAC : College Standards and Accreditation Council

CSAE : Canadian Society of Association Executives

CSI : Continovation Services Inc.

DAPEI : Dental Association of Prince Edward Island

DARA : Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities

DAT : Dental Aptitude Test

DCPEI : Dental Council of Prince Edward Island

DIAC : Dental Industry Association of Canada

DSO : Dental Service Organization

EHR : Electronic Health Record

FCDSA : Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations

FDCAC : Federal Dental Care Advisory Committee

FDI : FDI – Fédération dentaire internationale / World Dental Federation

FAEMDC : Fédération des associations étudiantes en médecine dentaire canadiennes

HC : Health Canada

HEAL : Health Action Lobby

IADR : International Association for Dental Research

ICD : International College of Dentists

IDEALS : International Dental Ethics and Law Society

ISO : International Organization for Standardization

MDA : Manitoba Dental Association

MOU : Memorandum of Understanding

NBDS : New Brunswick Dental Society

NDEB : National Dental Examining Board of Canada

NLDA : Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Association

NDB : Newfoundland Dental Board

NDAEB : National Dental Assisting Examining Board

NPACT : National Professional Association Coalition on Tuition

NSDA : Nova Scotia Dental Association

ODA : Ontario Dental Association

ODQ : Ordre des dentistes du Québec

OSAP : Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures

PDBNS : Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia

PIPEDA : Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

QDSA : Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec

RCDC : Royal College of Dentists of Canada

RCDSO : Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

SPEA : Student Professionalism and Ethics Association

USC&LS : Uniform System of Coding and List of Services

WHO : World Health Organization

Revised March 13, 2019