Welcome to the 49th meeting of ISO/TC 106 in the City of Incheon, Republic of Korea. We are extremely grateful to South Korea for hosting the 2013 meeting in the City of Incheon known as ‘Portal City’ since it has the first seaport to be opened to the western world as well as the impressive Incheon International Airport.
This will be the first ISO/TC 106 meeting to be held in Korea. This meeting is also very significant since Korea will be the 20th country to host the meeting of our truly international committee.
Incheon, which is home to 10 United Nations regional offices, and has hosted several prestigious international meetings and conferences during the past few years. In its efforts to welcome international visitors, Incheon is running an English program of which the slogan is "Smile with English". Smiles and dentistry go hand in hand, and we are sure that the city will smile with ISO/TC 106 in 2013.
For many like myself, 2013 meeting will provide a first experience of the culture of Korea with its rich history.
Like most members of ISO/TC 106, I thought that I knew very little of the culture of Korea. However, my daughter and grandson both have black belts in Taekwondo-a martial art originating in Korea. I read that 98% of Korean’s have cell phones. All members of ISO/TC 106 will have heard of the South Korean cell phone company Samsung, which is the largest in the world. And as for popular music, most people in the world have heard of the massive hit “Gangnam Style” by the Korean musician PSY(Jae-sang Park). The song was released in July 2012 and as of December 2012 had over 1 billion hits on You Tube. It is worth nothing that Incheon is the location where the music video “Gangnam Style” was filmed.
I am sure that the impressive modern convention centre “Songdo Convensia” will provide the venue for a very successful meeting of ISO/TC 106 in 2013. I anticipate that much progress will be made in the development of international dental standards by the 300 or so experts and delegates in the eight sub committees and the 40 or so Working Groups who will be meeting for the first time in Korea. I would like to thank all of those dedicated individuals who have worked so hard since the very successful meeting in Paris.
On your behalf I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Se-Young Kim of the Korean Dental Association and Dr. Jong-Yoon Woo and his Committee for organizing and hosting this year’s meeting.
I wish all of the delegates from around the world an efficient and productive 49th meeting.
January 4th 2013
On behalf of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), I would like to welcome you to the 49th ISO/TC 106 “Dentistry” meeting which will be held in Incheon, Korea.
As the Korea member body, KATS has been actively participating in the international standardization activities of ISO/TC 106. Recognizing the benefits of standards, KATS and Korean experts endeavor to share experience and knowledge with other countries to develop globally relevant standards.
I would like to take this opportunity to convey my appreciation for your dedication and commitment to the standards development work in the ISO/TC 106. Thanks to your efforts, ISO/TC 106 has played a key role in assuring safe and effective oral healthcare through state-of-the-art specifications in dentistry.
The ISO/TC 106 meetings have always been successful and provide an opportunity for productive discussions about recent progress in research and development, and the application of this work over the years. This meeting promises to be one of the important standardization meetings of ISO/TC 106.
I wish you a successful international meeting, and hope you take some time to enjoy dynamic Korea.
Administrator, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea
As the representative of the Korean Dental Association (KDA), it is my pleasure to welcome to the 49th annual meeting of ISO/TC 106 Dentistry to be held in Incheon, Korea in September 2013.
As a participating member of ISO/TC 106 since 1998, KDA has been working hard on international standards, and it is now our great honor to host a meeting that is responsible for developing international standards in dental field.
With improvements in technology and science, there have been changes in dental materials, instruments, equipment and a rapid paradigm shift in dental care.
The discussion of dental-related product standards is very important in view of such changes, and I believe that the results of discussions at this annual meeting will provide the framework for the development of dentistry as well as contribute to safety in dental care.
Therefore, I hope the meeting will contribute to the development of dental related international standards and result in development of dental industry.
I am grateful for your commitment and the expertise you share in developing international standards that will have an impact on dental materials, dental instruments, dental equipments, oral hygiene care products, implants, CAD/CAM and more.
Just as Incheon contributed to the modern industrialization of Korea, I hope that the Korean dental industry will contribute to the development of the international dental industry through this ISO/TC 106 meeting.
Once again, I welcome you all and I hope your stay creats great memories of Korea.
President, Korean Dental Association
First of all, thanks for your warm support. We are honoured to hold the 49th Annual Meeting of ISO/TC 106 in Incheon, Korea and as the president of the Korea Dental Industry Association (KDIA) I would like to convey my gratitude to all members.
Since obtaining approval from the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1985, the KDIA has performed a key role in the development, trade and distribution of dental products. We strive to protect the interests of our members and improve the oral health conditions of the Korean people.
Though the Korean dental market relied on imports in the past, it has made great progress over the last 10 years. We now have a number of qualified manufactures who are highly esteemed in global markets and compete shoulder-to-shoulder with leading global companies.
From this perspective, the standards developed by ISO/TC 106 are important in facilitating the manufacture and export of dental products. As manufacturers can benefit in the global marketplace by producing goods that meet international standards. ISO/TC 106, has an impact at all stages, from research and development to the manufacturing process.
This ISO/TC 106 Annual Meeting in Incheon will be a great opportunity to invigorate the Korean dental industry and promote the globalization of Korean dental products.
Lastly, we hope this ISO/TC 106 meeting will be an opportunity for everyone involved to contribute and achieve successful outcomes.
Again, thank you for your visiting Korea and welcome.
President, Korea Dental Industry Association