28 July 2017
The recent GDC Fitness to Practisehearing concerning a dentist’s purchase and use of counterfeit dental devices highlights the dangers to both patient and professional registration from using counterfeit and non-compliant devices. It also reinforces the need to exercise common sense and care when purchasing dental equipment and to have adequate systems in place to ensure that equipment is genuine, compliant and safe to use.
The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee determined that the dentist’s registration should be suspended for a period of 3 months.
Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executive comments, “The recent GDC hearing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of using of counterfeit dental devices. It may also sound alarm bells for any dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and emphasises the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”
The BDIA’s award winning Counterfeit and Sub-standard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), operated in partnership with the MHRA, has worked hard over the last two years to raise the awareness of GDC registrants to the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices through its hard-hitting press and information campaign.
The BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, and devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity.
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