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Report of the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice

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The Report of the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice (TARP Report), issued Sept. 4, 2018, is an important call-to-action that tackles issues of significant importance to the dental profession and the public it serves. Co-authored by a joint task force of the American Dental Association, ADEA and the American Student Dental Association, the TARP Report calls upon states to eliminate the use of single encounter, procedure-based examinations on patients as part of the licensure examination and remove restrictions on portability of dental licensure. 

This seminal report describes the reasons that change is needed in licensure and sets a pathway forward.

Next steps for the joint task force center on coalition-building to operationalize key goals on a state-by-state basis and raise awareness nationally of the benefit and importance of acting now to modernize dental licensure.

Published on September 12, 2018

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