Previously known as: International RDC/TMD Consortium Network

May 27, 2017. A change in the name of The International RDC/TMD Consortium Network was overwhelmingly approved by the Consortium membership, and the name change was formally approved by IADR Council. The organization remains a consortium fostering the evidence-based diagnosis and management of orofacial pain and jaw disorders.

Feb 1, 2020. The INfORM website will  not migrate to the IADR webserver. Instead, two websites will be maintained: the IADR-based website for INfORM will serve organizational needs as part of IADR, while this website will maintain materials pertaining to INfORM activities. Meanwhile, this website remains incomplete compared to its prior version from 2000 through February 2017. If you have reached this page while trying to link to a particular page or document, your linking-URL will currently not work. Our apologies. We encourage you to check back for updates.
Our goal is to advance the scientific knowledge of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), orofacial pain, and jaw disorders through scientifically developed diagnostic tools based on standardized assessment.  These tools are intended to be applicable to both research and clinical settings, including international use, multi-site and cross-cultural research studies. We review progress at our  annual meetings and international consensus workshops. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in our activities; our past meetings will give you an idea of what we do. The core tool that established the Consortium, the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD), remains a model for pain research. That tool is now replaced by the DC/TMD (2014) for both clinical and research use.  The next wave of research regarding TMDs and how they are conceptualized will be conducted using the DC/TMD as well as other research tools that will be posted on this site.  Our methods include population studies, clinical epidemiology and clinical trials, and experimental human studies.


Revised Self-report Instrument Scoring Manual for DC/TMD (03/30/2021).  Minor errors were corrected.

Developing Evidence-based Management Guidelines for Temporomandibular Disorders (9/1/2020). An INfORM-sponsored symposium previously planned for IADR/March2020 was held via Zoom on Nov 18, 2020. Details, including slide pack and video stream, are here.

INfORM Young Investigator Awards, sponsored by Quintessence Publishing and Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache (10/12/2020). The first two competitions have been held: IADR-London 2018 and  IADR-Vancouver 2019; guidelines are available. Awards and winners are listed under Meetings. The competition  scheduled for March 2020 (Washington DC) was held remotely in 2021 due to pandemic-related cancellation of the full meeting. A new competition was planned for the 2021 all-virtual IADR meeting but it was cancelled due to insufficient number of applicants. A 2022 competition will be held.

Translations of the DC/TMD (10/02/2023).  Recently completed translation is Polish! More languages are nearing completion: stay tuned.

DC/TMD Examiner Training (09/10/2021).  The Guidelines for examiner training and calibration as well as the list of training centers have been updated. There are currently no scheduled training courses. Click for further information regarding the most recent course.

Consortium activities at IADR-London (10/12/2020). Two invitational workshops focused on development of a brief DC/TMD for routine clinical use, and a DC/TMD adapted for children and adolescents. The latter project is now completed and under review at a journal.

Consortium activities at IADR-Seoul, Republic of South Korea (3/15/2016; updated 10/12/2020). The manuscripts from all three workshops have now been published regarding Axis II implementation in international settings.

DC/TMD examination videos (3/15/2016). The English language version was released in 2014 and published via MedEdPORTAL.  That version has now been accompanied by a Swedish language version, to be released soon on the website. Others are encouraged to develop other language versions or to consider how the English language version can be modified with menu-selected sub-titles.  See the DC/TMD page for further information.

An Executive Summary of the DC/TMD was published (3/15/2016). This publication was developed for the target audience of the general dentist.  It is available at JADA.

Website Updates

(11/23/2020) RDC/Burning Mouth Syndrome protocol added to Other Research/Research Protocols.

(11/23/2020) Other Instruments page updated with functional links; new instrument (stand-alone GCPS 1-month, based on original GCPS, published 1992)

(11/23/2020) Translation agreement updated; Summary list and accompanying flow chart of translation procedures substantially updated. See Other Resources/Translation Guidelines.

(10/12/2020) DC/TMD Translations page is up to date.

(02/03/2020) Updated text-revisions of the DC/TMD decision tree and diagnosis table were added to the DC/TMD main page.