Media Release: Launch of new decontamination guidance for dentistry in Scotland

THE first in a series of new guidance for the dental profession in Scotland on the
decontamination of instruments is being launched by the Scottish Dental Clinical
Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) this week.

This first instalment includes advice on
the cleaning of dental instruments and other information of relevance to the
decontamination process.

SDCEP is a National Dental Advisory Committee (NDAC) initiative supported by NHS
Education for Scotland (NES). SDCEP aims to enable improvements in the quality of
dental care by providing user-friendly guidance in specific Scottish priority dental

NDAC chair, Professor Jeremy Bagg, said: “A detailed survey of dental practices in
Scotland identified a need for clear, practical guidance on decontamination.
Effective decontamination is essential for the provision of safe patient care and
its importance is well recognised by the profession.

“This has been further
highlighted recently by the General Dental Council which identified decontamination
as a core subject for continuing professional development. I believe that dental
teams in Scotland will find this new guidance to be a valuable aid to enhancing the
standards of clinical care they provide to their patients.”

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme was established in 2004 with
funding from the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland.

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Contact: Prof Jeremy Bagg via the SDCEP office
Phone: 01382 425751