The British Dental Association (BDA) has announced that it has initiated Judicial Review proceedings against the professional regulator the General Dental Council (GDC). The BDA has accused the GDC of failing to provide clear evidence of the policy or business case that have underpinned the proposed 64% fee rise - rendering the regulator’s case unlawful.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning dentists about the potential danger of buying and using counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment. This follows the seizure of over 12,000 different pieces of poor quality dental equipment imported into the UK from China and Pakistan and sold on auction websites such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba in the past 6 months.
One of the European Commission's (EC) top scientific bodies, the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), is calling for public comment on a new report in which it largely downplays concerns about exposure to mercury in dental amalgam while saying that further study is needed. The report was opened for public comment on 9 September 2014, is similar to its 2008 report.
A director for Public Health England (PHE) has said the adding of fluoride to the public water supply is now in the hands of local authorities. Dr Graham Bickler was responding to a question from Hampshire County Council leader Roy Perry about fluoridation plans. PHE said: “No decision has yet been taken and PHE is committed to working constructively with both local authorities.”
The man behind a controversial plan for a crematorium in the USA, Jim Bob Humphrey, has presented his case before the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners to remove mercury fillings from teeth before cremation. The crematorium Humphrey is wanting to build would be adjacent to a school and parents are worried about a possible health hazard from the fillings emitting mercury into the air.
In their meeting in London on Friday 10th October, the General Dental Practice Committee [GDPC], an autonomous committee of the British Dental Association, voted unanimously in favour of a motion showing no confidence in the General Dental Council [GDC].