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The second edition of the ‘Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment’ has now been published.

Following DD’s previous “Coming soon” communication (24/08/2020) drawing your attention to the imminent issuing of the second edition of Guidance Notes (GNs), which replaces the original guidance notes published in 2001; DD can now confirm that GN’s have been published via the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) website. Click here to view.

The 2001 edition set out principles of good practice with the aim of restricting radiation doses to all involved as far as reasonably practicable, in line with UK radiation protection legislation. However, since 2001, there have been developments in dental X-ray equipment, imaging technology and related legislation (issued in 2017/18). Accordingly, an update in the GNs is required.

The new GNs detail guidance on administrative and practical matters required to ensure good standards of radiation protection. These include:

1. Existing guidance updated to include the use of dental cone-beam CT (CBCT); hand-held dental X-ray equipment; digital imaging systems.

2. Updated guidance on radiation-controlled areas; training requirements related to dental CBCT; safety testing of equipment; simplified system for rating and analysing images and quality assurance.

3. New guidance with respect to registering with the HSE/HSENI; contingency planning; monitoring radiation levels; assessing doses; formal handover responsibilities when working on another premises; servicing, disposing and selling of equipment; record retention.

4. Practical guidance on patient dose optimisation.

5. Templates including a radiation risk assessment and employer’s procedures.

DD’s radiation protection team was represented in the guidance notes’ working party by Neil Pick (Senior RPA/MPE) together with representatives from all UK regulatory bodies, experts from professional and advisory bodies, consultant dental radiologists and general dental practitioners.

Please note that although some guidance has changed, this is non-statutory guidance and therefore the content does not impose any additional requirements to those already set out in IRR17/ IRR(NI)17 and IR(ME)R17/ IR(ME)R(NI)18.

DD Radiation Protection Consultancy (RPC) contract holders

DD has put together a series of FAQs for DD Radiation Protection Consultancy (RPC) contract holders to support customers with meeting the requirements of the GN’s. Please email compliance@ddgroup.com to request a copy. If you should have any technical queries or you require RPA or MPE advice and you have a DD RPC contract, please email rps@ddgroup.com.

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