ISO/TC 106

The 55th Annual Meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry, Osaka



Message from
the ISO/TC 106 Chairman

Prof. Gottfried Schmalz
Chairman, ISO/TC 106

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 55th annual meeting of ISO/TC 106 in Osaka, Japan. I am very grateful to the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC) the ISO member body, and to the organizers the Japan Dental Association and the Japan Research Council on Dental Products for hosting the meeting. Many people at these organizations have worked hard to make this meeting happen and I am grateful for their efforts. In particular, I would like to recognize the following people who have made significant contributions in planning this meeting:

  • - Dr. Kenro Hori, President, Japan Dental Association
  • - Mr. Noriyuki Negoro, Chairman, Japan Research Council on Dental Products
  • - Dr. Hideki Endo, Chairman, Organizing committee for Osaka meeting (Vice President, Japan Dental Association)
  • - Prof. Satoshi Imazato, International Liaison Officer, Organizing committee for Osaka meeting (Dean, Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry/School of Dentistry, and President of The Japanese Society for Dental Materials and Devices)
  • - Ms. Keiko Yamamoto, Director of secretariat, Organizing committee for Osaka meeting (Chief of Secretariat, Japan Research Council on Dental Products)

I also want to thank our new ISO/TC 106 secretary, Katie Lee, for her tremendous help.

The last time the ISO/TC 106 meeting was held in Japan was October 2009. It was a wonderful experience and we gladly accepted the invitation to return to Osaka, Japan’s traditional trading centre and one of its most important industrial centres and ports.

We are gathering in Japan to continue our work of improving dental standards. Standards play an essential role in modern dentistry and the large numbers of participants at the ISO/TC 106 meetings reflect the activity and resources that the dental community has invested in this field. Standards are developed to facilitate the international exchange of goods on open markets. However, setting standards also ensures the quality of products.

ISO/TC 106 is also open to innovation and recognizes the broader impact standards can have. In that sense, the work we do ensures the quality of standards will remain high finally for the good of our patients. For example, ISO standards (and others) are often used to fulfill legal requirements before a material or a device can be brought to market. With international standardisation, there is also an underlying responsibility of providing quality assurance and I am confident we will meet these broader expectations.

I hope you will take some time to explore Osaka. The most important historical landmark is the Osaka Castle, from the sixteenth century. Around the castle is a moat and a park with plum, peach and cherry trees. There are many other fascinating places to visit and I am sure you will enjoy exploring the area. I wish you all an enjoyable and productive meeting.

Message from
Secretary General of Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC)

Shoji Watanabe
JISC Secretary General

On behalf of The Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, I am pleased to welcome the participants of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry and its subcommittees and working groups to Osaka.

The Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), Japan's national standardization body, plays a central role in developing standards in Japan covering a wide range of products and technologies from robots to pictograms. JISC is also responsible for Japan's growing contribution to establishing international standards through its work with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

As an active member of ISO since 1952, JISC is a permanent member of the ISO Council and the Technical Management Board (TMB), playing a key role in policy-making.

Japan faces the challenges associated with aging societies and falling birth rates earlier than other nations, JISC aims to take a leadership role in developing standards of social infrastructure for elder care including area of dentistry.

I hope that the ISO/TC 106 experts and delegates will take this opportunity to visit Osaka for fruitful meetings and discussions. I also hope that there will be opportunities to experience chewy Osaka foods, culture and hospitality.

Message from President of Japan Dental Association

Dr. Kenro Hori
President, Japan Dental Association

As the 55th ISO/TC106 Annual Meeting in Osaka approaches, on behalf of the Japan Dental Association, I would like to extend my heartfelt welcome to all participants, who will be from countries all over the world.

This will mark the first ISO/TC106 Annual Meeting to be held in Japan since 2009 (Osaka meeting), 10 years ago, and the fourth meeting in Japan . As 2019 is also the year of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the year before the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, I believe that our upcoming meeting will be especially vibrant and full of international character.

Carrying out international standardization is essential for improving the quality and safety of dental care in the world, and the Annual Meeting has been playing a significant role in this regard for many years.

In order to enable the Annual Meeting to once again generate many fruitful outcomes, the Japan Dental Association will conduct operations in an efficient and sophisticated manner based on the experience of successfully holding the meeting in Japan three times in the past, and will provide an environment that is conducive to very fruitful discussions.

The Japan Dental Association currently has more than 65,000 members across Japan, and as the dental association of the country that has been experiencing the most rapid population aging in the world, we are aiming to contribute to the extension of healthy life expectancy by working to promote good general health based on the management of oral health. Since we consist of clinicians, the provision of high-quality, safe, and reliable dental care to patients is essential for us, and thus, we have high hopes regarding the outcomes of the ISO/TC106 Annual Meeting.

Japan is a country of scenic beauty with four distinct seasons to enjoy, and a country where two very different elements are integrated: various aspects of traditional culture, and modernity that is supported by advanced technologies. Therefore I hope that during your stay in Japan, you will have the opportunity to experience Japan’s unique culture.

I am sincerely looking forward to meeting all of you.

Message from
Chairman of Japan Research Council on Dental Products

Noriyuki Negoro
Japan Research Council on Dental Products

Dear Delegates and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Japan Research Council on Dental Products (JDP), I would like to welcome everyone to the 55th annual meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry in Osaka.

JDP was established in 1977, and is the National Committee for ISO/TC 106. Since its inception it has officially participated in the annual meetings, becoming P-member in 1980.

The major role and objectives of JDP are:

  • - to work for the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), ISO Member Body, specifically serving as a secretariat of ISO/TC 106 team in Japan,
  • - to promote the international standardization of dental products and,
  • - to contribute to the innovation of dental products as well as dental industry by harmonizing the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) with the International Standards.

JDP is funded by the dental community in Japan, the membership fees from dental enterprises and their related parties, the subsidies from the Japan Dental Association (JDA), the Japan Dental Trade Association, and the government grants from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

JDP has been engaged in international standard development activities with the voluntary contribution of dental manufacturer representatives (Manufacturers), Japan Dental Association (Users) and university research institutes (Neutral Party).

Japan has hosted the annual meetings in Oiso (1983), Kyoto (1995), and Osaka (2009) by the joint sponsorship of JDA and JDP. It is the great honor for entire Japanese Dental Community to contribute to the 4th occasion of hosting.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Gottfried Schmalz, TC 106 Chair and Ms. Katie Lee, TC 106 Secretary for their great support.

Being the second largest city in Japan, Osaka has traditionally been a prosperous commercial region. Dubbed “the City of Cuisine” it can offer you great food with great value. Now, I expect the participants of the meeting will enjoy the delicacies “the City of Cuisine” has to offer.

We sincerely wish the Osaka Meeting would be fruitful, productive and, of course, enjoyable for all the Delegates, Colleagues and Friends.

Message from Governor of Osaka Prefecture

Hirofumi Yoshimura
Governor of Osaka Prefecture

Congratulatory message

I would like to express my sincere congratulations for the successful holding of the 55th annual meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry in Osaka. Please allow me to extend our warmest welcome to everyone who has been making tremendous efforts towards the improvement of dental care throughout the world.

Osaka is home to a concentration of universities and research institutions conducting world-leading life science-related research, as well as medical institutions offering highly advanced medical care including heavy particle radiotherapy for cancer patients. Osaka is a metropolis leading Japan’s medical development.

It is then very significant that the meeting regarding the international standardization of dental products and equipment is held here in Osaka.
I sincerely hope you will have informative and fruitful discussions during the Osaka meeting, which will greatly contribute to the improvement of dental service through standardizing the quality, safety and functionality of materials, instruments and equipment in dentistry.

Osaka is a fascinating metropolis full of appeal, with world class traditional and contemporary cultural and tourism facilities, rich food culture, as well as kind and friendly local residents.

In 2025, Osaka will host the Osaka-Kansai World Expo under the theme of “Designing future society for our lives.” We are currently making every effort to make the Expo an amazing event that people have not yet experienced. We look forward to seeing you again here in Osaka in 2025.

Lastly, I would like to conclude my congratulatory message by wishing for the continued prosperity of future meetings and the ongoing success of participants here today.

Thank you very much.

Message from Mayor of Osaka City

Ichiro Matsui
Mayor of Osaka City

Dear Participants of the 55th Meeting of ISO/TC 106, Dentistry, Osaka

First of all, I would like to express my sincere congratulations to the successful arrangement of the 55th Meeting of ISO/TC 106, Dentistry.

In the decade since this meeting was last held in Osaka, much has changed in our social structure, prevalence of oral diseases, and awareness towards health. On one hand, we have observed drastic decrease in caries among children, as well as a steady increase in the number of retained natural teeth among elderlies. On the other hand, the irreplaceable role of oral health and its close association with overall health have been reportedly clarified, with evidences indicating significant correlation between periodontitis and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, strokes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Last year, Osaka was chosen as the venue for the upcoming World Expo 2025. The main theme of the Expo is set as “Designing Future Society for Our Lives,” with one sub-theme aiming to answer “How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner.” In that regard, granted this meeting’s reputation in contributing to dentistry’s equipment normalization, international standardization, and development, it is a great honor for Osaka, which is paving the way towards a health-centric world exposition, to once again welcome guests near and far to this prestigious conference.

On another note, Osaka boasts a variety of tourist attractions, such as Osaka Castle, Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, Universal Studio Japan (USJ), and Abeno Harukas; the city also prides in characteristic gourmet recommendations such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Kushikatsu. In addition to participating in this meeting, I hope that our honored guests could enjoy the most meaningful stay while finding opportunities to embrace Osaka’s famous sites.

Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes towards major accomplishments for the 55th Meeting of ISO/TC 106, Dentistry, Osaka, and my utmost respect to all of those who worked to make this occasion possible.