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Best Practice

The Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee aims to assist IDA members in achieving compliance with the various regulations applicable to dental practices and ensuring quality and safety for patients.

The Committee aims to ensure its advice is reasonable, practical and based on the best available evidence. The litmus test is that the advice can be applied in a standard dental surgery without an unreasonable burden being placed on the practice owner, financial or otherwise.

The advice is prepared following a review of international and national standards and is subject to in-depth assessment by the Committee.

The advice is coupled with audit tools to allow for self-assessment and to support risk identification and management. 

Work Completed

So far, the Committee has developed advice in the following areas: 

  • Data Collection, Usage and Protection
  • Amalgam Separation
  • Complaints Procedure for Dental Practices 
  • Decontamination in Dentistry
  • Emergency Drugs & Equipment
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Risk Assessment & Safety Statement 
  • Waste Management 
Work in Progress

The Committee is currently in the process of developing advice on the following topics: 

  • Essentials of Dental Practice / Dental Practice Inspection
  • Safety Statement for Dental Practices 
How do I find out more?

To further expand on the advice available in the website, the Committee holds workshops at the Annual Conference on specific topics. 

If you would like to discuss the work of the Committee, if you would like to contribute to the Committee or if you would like the Committee to consider a particular topic, please contact IDA House at 01 295 0072 or info@irishdentalassoc.ie.