8th April - Covid-19 Updates, April 2020
For updates on Covid-19, please visit our dedicated page;
Link to Covid-19 Updates page
17th December - Dental Council Newsletter, December 2019
link to Dental Council Newsletter Volume 3 - Issue 2, December 2019
4th June - Dental Council Newsletter, June 2019
link to Dental Council Newsletter Volume 3 - Issue 1, June 2019
10th August - Language proficiency
The Dental Council will be implementing minimum language requirements under the provisions of Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC. This means that applicants, from 1 November 2018, for registration must be proficient in the English language to obtain registration. Please see our page dedicated to information on language proficiency.
28th June - Minimata:
The European Union has introduced regulation 2017/852 to implement the Minimata Convention on Mercury. This is an environmental regulation rather than a health regulation and its purpose is to reduce the amount of mercury used in many industries and professional sectors, including dentistry. This EU Regulation is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all member states. The Dental Council has drawn up a code of practice booklet for the dentistry profession which can be accessed via the following link;
Code of Practice - Dental Amalgam (July 2018)
20th June - Dental Council Newsletter, June 2018
link to Dental Council Newsletter Volume 2 - Issue 1, June 2018
15th February - Dental Council Newsletter, December 2017
The Dental Council issued a new newsletter in December 2017. All registrants will have received a copy in the post but for those who would like to view the online version we have uploaded here for your convenience.
It is our aim to issue a newsletter twice a year, keeping all dental professionals up to date with interesting and relevant news and advice.
In addition to the newsletter, we are now on Twitter and Facebook. We will issue real-time updates on these platforms for both the public's awareness and for all professionals.
link to Dental Council Newsletter Volume 1 - Issue 1, December 2017
19th June - Irish Graduates
11th April - Patient Information
The Dental Council has launched three guidance documents which are specifically for dental patients. This is the first time that the Council has issued Guidance that has been aimed primarily at patients and members of the public.
Code of Practice relating to the display of Private Fees
All dental practices throughout Ireland will be obliged to display private fees from June 1. The Dental Council issued a Code of Practice today (April 11, 2011) making it mandatory for dentists to display private fees in a place where patients can view them before consultation.
A single fee must apply for some procedures while the fees for others may be shown as a range, with a minimum and maximum clearly stated. Where a range of fees applies, it is not permitted to set a minimum price only.
Code of Practice – Display of Private Fees
Choosing a Dentist
“Choosing a Dentist at Home or Abroad” is a guide to assist members of the public in choosing a dentist. The guidance also includes information for patients who may consider travelling abroad for treatment highlighting certain matters that should be considered in advance.
Choosing your Dentist Home or Abroad - Guidance
Scope of Practice
The “Scope of Practice” document describes the tasks that each member of the dental team is legally entitled to carry out and is intended for use by both the public and the profession.
Scope of Practice - Guidance
30th November - Dental Council Guidance Documents and Recent Decisions
The Dental Council has recently approved the following guidance and decisions.
Guidance to the public in choosing a dentist
The Council has published guidance to members of the public to assist them in choosing a dentist, whether at home or abroad. Practitioners should familiarise themselves with the guidance as patients may refer to it during consultations. The guidance includes information for patients who may consider travelling abroad for treatment highlighting certain matters that should be considered in advance.
Code of Practice regarding Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
The Dental Council has agreed that non surgical cosmetic procedures are not the practice of dentistry and this Code of Practice sets out the parameters under which such procedures may be performed. Any dentist performing non surgical cosmetic procedures will still be accountable to the Council for a serious falling short, by omission or commission, in the standard of conduct expected.
Code of Practice pertaining to Public Relations and Communications
The Council has published a statement to clarify and expand on the Code of Practice pertaining to Public Relations and Communications. Among the matters clarified in this statement are the use of titles by dentists, the use of patient testimonials and photographs, websites, media articles (including the use of advertorials) and product endorsement.
Guidance regarding the use of Ionising Radiation
The Dental Council was given statutory duties and responsibility with regard to the use of ionising radiation for dental purposes under Statutory Instrument 478 of 2002 “The European Communities (Medical Ionising Radiation Protection) Regulations”. Under this regulation the Council has established clinical audit criteria, protocols for standard radiological practice, diagnostic reference levels and dose constraints for helpers. The Dental Council has also prohibited the use of Vertex Occlusal Projections in dentistry. The Dental Council will be publishing more information concerning ionising radiation in due course and all registrants should refer to the Council’s website for updates.
Scope of Practice
The ‘Scope of Practice’ document describes the tasks that each member of the dental team is legally entitled to carry out. This document is intended for use by both the public and the profession. Practitioners are reminded that they must only do what they are trained and competent to perform.
All registrants are reminded that they have an obligation to comply with the Codes of Practice and Guidance issued by the Council and that these are available on our website.
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