Dental Council
57 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, Ireland



8th April:

  • Covid-19 Updates, April 2020
  • 17th December:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, December 2019
  • 4th June:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, June 2019
  • 10th August:

  • Language proficiency
  • 28th June:

  • Minimata:

    Covid-19 Updates

    This page contains information and statements concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic and it will be updated regularly.
    Readers are also encouraged to monitor our Twitter and Facebook accounts for further information.

    Please note that following an Taoiseach's advice to minimise social contact and to work from home in as far as it is possible, the staff of the Dental Council are now working remotely. Our office phone number will be answered but we would ask that people wishing to contact the office would do so by email, unless absolutely necessary. Our contact email is
    On behalf of the staff of the Dental Council we would like to thank you for your co-operation and patience with these arrangements

    Addendum to Dental Council's Code of Practice on Infection Prevention and Control

    The Dental Council has agreed to insert the following statement at Section of its Code of Practice regarding Infection Prevention and Control:

    'Interim Measure During COVID-19 Pandemic
    Aerosol-generating procedures should only be undertaken with an appropriate level of personal protection equipment (PPE), which includes a respirator mask to a minimum standard of FFP2.'

    The Council believes that this approach, which errs on the side of caution, protects the health of patients, dental healthcare professionals and the community at large until the scientific evidence on the appropriate precautions becomes clearer. This measure is in addition to the environmental and organisational precautions necessary to protect against cross-infection within the dental practice.

    Addendum to IPC Code [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    Dental Council Statement on Emergency Care

    In future, as the evidence base expands, it will be judged how and when a return to routine practice is advised by the appropriate authorities, but for now dentists have a responsibility to "first do no harm".
    Dentists should follow their professional judgement and assess risks when deciding how to care for patients. Your professional judgement remains key and you should only treat if it is safe to do so for both patients and the dental team. Safe care is a priority for all. Dentists who cannot provide these emergency services in their own practice should make reasonable efforts to attempt to arrange referral to a practice where the emergency can be safely managed.

    Emergency Care [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    The Dental Council does not wish to be prescriptive in exactly defining what is a dental emergency. However, in the context of the present pandemic the following resources will be useful in assisting the profession in providing emergency care:

    HSE National Oral Health Office Essential Dental Care During COVID-19 Pandemic [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    HSE National Oral Health Office Preparation for Essential Care [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    HPSC Guidance on Managing Infection Risk in Dental Services COVID19 [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    08 April 2020 @ 13.40

    Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic

    The Department of Health has published a guide to ethical decision making in a pandemic.

    [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    [Link to]

    31 March 2020 @ 14.00

    Emergency Covid-19 Section 69 Registration

    Following the passing of emergency Covid-19 legislation. The Dental Council have set up a Covid-19 Register.
    Please follow the link for more inforamtion on how to apply.

    [Link to Section 69 Regisration]

    31 March 2020 @ 12.25

    Emergency dental practice activities only

    Following the Taoiseach's announcement of further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Government published a list of essential services. Under this, the practice of dentistry is limited to emergency dental practice activities only.

    [ - website link]

    30 March 2020 @ 09.10

    Department of Health updated statement on providing routine dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Please visit The Department of Health's website for updated guidance and advice, using the link below.

    [Department of Health - website link]

    27 March 2020 @ 11.55

    Register to assist with the National Pandemic Effort

    The Department of Health are preparing emergency legislation to fast-track certain former registrants on the registers of all health care professions. We've attached some information on this matter with further details to follow.

    Special Restorations to the Register [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    26 March 2020 @ 12.00

    Dental Council

    Please see Dental Council statement, as posted on social media on 20th March 2020;

    Dental Council Statement [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    26 March 2020 @ 10.30

    Department of Health

    HPSC - Advice for dentists [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    Letter from the Chief Dental Officer [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    26 March 2020 @ 10.30

    HPSC Guidance on COVID-19

    Use of PPE to support Infection Prevention and Control Practice when performing aerosol generating procedures on CONFIRMED or CLINICALLY SUSPECTED COVID-19 CASES in a PANDEMIC SITUATION

    HPSC - AGPs for confirmed or possible COVID19 [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    26 March 2020 @ 10.30

    HPSC Management of COVID-19 cases in community care (interim)

    Interim IPC guidance non acute healthcare settings;

    [Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    25 March 2020 @ 11.30

    Quick Links

    We've put some helpful links to relevant websites in the "quick links" section on the top left of this page

    25 March 2020 @ 11.30