Latest updates and advice

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Results from our DDU Winter Quiz

7 March 2019

Throughout December and January we ran a dento-legal quiz based on popular guidance and advice from our website.

Dentists reminded to pay ARF and declare CPD

19 November 2018

Dentists are reminded to renew their GDC registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF) before midnight on 31 December 2018.

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New complaints handling principles published

16 November 2018

A set of universal principles for complaints handling has been developed by 28 organisations, including the Dental Defence Union and the General Dental Council.

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The DDU – on your side

18 October 2018

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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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).

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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.

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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.