Latest updates and advice

John Makin, Head of the DDU, introduces a special guide explaining how the DDU will be on your side throughout your career.

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Chief Dental Officer reminder on Epipens in dental practice

11 October 2018

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Sara Hurley, has written to dental professionals in England to remind them about the latest advice for EpiPens in dental practice.

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GDPR: five things you need to do now

25 May 2018

GDPR has now come into force, and the Information Governance Alliance (IGA) and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have published guidance - and will continue to do so - to clarify how it applies to healthcare organisations.

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New regulations on use and disposal of mercury will impact dental professionals

17 April 2018

NHS England has written to all NHS dental contract holders to make them aware of a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 regarding the use and disposal of mercury.

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Dealing with Valentine's Day advances

23 January 2018

You probably wouldn't associate passionate feelings with the dental chair, but sometimes patients can misinterpret a dental professional's behaviour and try to turn a purely professional relationship into a romantic one.

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New radiation regulations apply to GDPs

9 January 2018

All dental practices with X-ray machines must apply for registration by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Dealing with dental emergencies during the festive season

22 December 2017

The GDC expects dental professionals to provide patients with clear information about their arrangements for emergency care.

Dental care professionals reminded to renew GDC registration

29 June 2017

On 16 June, the GDC's annual renewal window opened for dental care professionals to renew their registration and pay the annual retention fee (ARF).

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Disclosing information to the coroner

29 June 2017

Following recent events, the DDU has received a number of calls from members who have been asked to cooperate with the police by providing clinical records used to identify the deceased.

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The DDU's advice on tooth whitening

12 May 2017

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can provide tooth whitening treatments to adult patients without fear of prosecution, providing they act within the legal and ethical parameters.