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Founded in 1984, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is the only dental membership association for oral health care professionals that focuses exclusively on dental infection prevention and patient and provider safety.

OSAP helps operationalize dental infection control and safety laws, regulations, guidelines, standards, and best practices to ensure every dental visit is a safe visit. 

We support our members and the oral health care community by offering evidence-based education, an extensive collection of online resources, and by collaborating with individuals, agencies, and organizations to assure the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare to all.

Our membership community is comprised of individual clinicians, group practices, educators, researchers, consultants, trainers, compliance directors, policymakers, and industry representatives who advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare.

Learn more about the OSAP Association Board of Directors. 

OSAP Foundation

OSAP also maintains the OSAP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation (Tax ID 52-1963109).  Founded in 1996, the purpose of the foundation is to augment and expand upon the association's ability to provide information and education by raising funds from the healthcare industry, private sector businesses, foundations, and the government. The foundation is dedicated to education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide. 

Learn more about the OSAP Foundation Board of Directors. 


Every dental visit is a safe visit.


To be the leading provider of infection prevention and control education, training, and credentialing that supports safe dental visits.


Patient & Provider Safety

We believe that all patients deserve access to oral healthcare that is delivered safely and that the people who are involved in delivering such care are protected from occupational injury or illness.

Science-Based Learning

We value lessons learned from the application of scientific principles. We believe the work we do should be grounded in data, research, and rigorous evaluation. When appropriate, we also welcome expert consensus to help inform the development of practical guidance.


We are not influenced by nor do we endorse any corporate entity or product. We hold ourselves accountable and act consistently to communicate and uphold the scientific principles of infection prevention and patient and provider safety.

Competent Community

We value a knowledgeable and skilled community of individuals, organizations, and corporate entities who deliver safe and infection-free care and/or products that facilitate such delivery. We believe that achieving a highly competent community of members and non-members requires formal education, continuous learning, mentoring, leadership development, and networking independent of geographic location, as well as policies, programs, and resources that promote and support increased competency.

Collaborative Leadership

We value collaboration with individuals, agencies, and organizations to assure the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare to all. We believe that together we can successfully carry out our unique missions and achieve our shared vision.

Strategic Plan

OSAP’s strategic plan charts the course for the future direction of the association and foundation. Below are the four major goals for 2020 - 2022:
  1. Increase size and engagement of membership in every category.
  2. Serve as the leading organization that provides evidence-based education to develop and credential dental infection prevention and safety expertise for dental health care personnel (DHCP), educators, trainers, other healthcare workers, and the dental trade.
  3. Serve as the credible voice of and advocate for dental infection prevention and compliance, and patient and personnel safety.
  4. Optimize organizational performance for both association and foundation.