About the JCNDE
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) is the agency responsible for the development and administration of the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE). This 18-member Commission
includes representatives from dental schools, dental practice, state dental examining boards, dental hygiene, dental students, and the public.
The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) was developed by the Committee for an Integrated Examination (CIE), a special committee of the JCNDE. The INBDE began administration in 2020 replacing the NBDE Part I and it will replace the Part II in 2022. The Joint Commission provided state dental boards with four years’ notice of the new examination in May 2016.
JCNDE History and Chairs
History of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
The JCNDE formed in 1980, and succeeded the Council on National Board Examinations. Previously the American Dental Association’s National Board of Dental Examiners was the standing committee established in 1928 to provide and conduct written examinations for use in state board licensure.
For additional information, please see the National Board Examinations’ technical reports. They can be found on the JCNDE website under News/Resources.
Previous chairs and vice chairs of the Joint Commission from its formation to the present are provided below.
Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations 1979-2020
1The Commission on National Dental Examinations replaced the ADA Council on National Board Examinations in October 1979 and officially became the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations in 1980. Dr. William F. Lovett was chairman during the transition.
2Dr. Drisko passed away on June 22, 2014; Dr. Podruch was subsequently appointed chair and served the remainder of the term.