Dental Council
57 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, Ireland

17th December:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, December 2019
  • 4th June:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, June 2019
  • 10th August:

  • Language proficiency
  • 28th June:

  • Minimata:
  • 20th June:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, June 2018


    The Dental Council publishes information for the profession and public from time to time and also publishes a periodic newsletter. 


    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)

    19th June - Irish Graduates

    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.

    2nd November - Elections to the Dental Council and Auxiliary Dental Workers Committee

    Elections to the Dental Council and Auxiliary Dental Workers Committee

    Elected to the Dental Council
    The following dentists were elected to the Dental Council. A report of the election is available to download below.

    Dr Eamon D Croke
    Dr Terry Farrelly
    Dr Gerard McCarthy
    Dr Barney Murphy
    Dr Paul O’Reilly
    Dr Roger Ryan
    Prof Leo Stassen

    Auxiliary Committee Elections 2010
    The following are deemed elected as they were the only candidates nominated

    Clinical Dental Technicians - Mr Maurice Petherick
    Dental Hygienists - Ms Rhona Butterfield
    Dental Nurses - Ms Carmen Sheridan

    The details are available to download.

    Report of 2010 election - Final - 20101030.pdf

    3rd November - Information on Infective Endocarditis Prophylaxis

    link to Information from the Dublin and Cork Dental School in relation to Infective Endocarditis Prophylaxis

    1st January - CLINICAL AUDIT

    The Dental Council in consultation with the Faculty of Radiologists RCSI has adopted the following criteria for clinical audit under the provisions of SI 478 of 2002 – The European Communities ( Medical Ionising Radiation) Regulations.

    Clinical Audit
    1 Clinical audit is a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcome through systematic review of care and comparison with explicit criteria followed by implementation of change.

    2 In a clinical audit aspects of the structure, processes and outcomes of care are selected and systematically reviewed against explicit criteria. Improvements are then instituted and the process re-evaluated, thus completing the audit cycle1.

    3 The primary rationale for audit is to determine that the dental radiographic practice under review meets a reasonable standard.

    Criteria for Clinical Audit
    An audit of a dental practice should encompass all radiological procedures including
    • Selection Criteria
    • Technique selection
    • X-ray Equipment
    • Patient Dose
    • Processing
    • Image Quality
    • Image Interpretation
    • Records
    • Training
    • Internal Audit

    The audit process should involve a dental practitioner engaged in full time practice similar to the practice being audited. The advice of a medical physicist / radiation protection advisor may be appropriate.

    The audit process should include a report form the radiation protection advisor attached to the practice.

    Dental practice is dramatically different in many ways from a medical radiological installation. The dental practitioner is typically the prescriber, practitioner and radiographer. The dentist may also be in work alone with no team support. It would be normal in a typical dental practice that the dentist would not write him/her self a prescription when the dentist makes the radiographic exposure in the same unit as the decision to prescribe. The clinical information and type of request does not need to be transferred to the radiological installation which in a dental practice is typically located chair side or in the next room.