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
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.
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
• Image Quality
• Image Interpretation
• 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.