Article: Volume 43 Number 4 Page 307 - May 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 307-312

Dental Devices:  Counterfeit and Non-Compliant Dental Devices: The Dangers and How to Mitigate Them

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Abstract: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is dealing with a growing number of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices and instruments for sale to dental practices in the UK. This paper examines the extent of the issue, the dangers posed by the use of counterfeit and non-compliant products, discusses initiatives to address the problem and how the dental team can identify these products and mitigate the associated risks.

Clinical relevance: To ensure that all members of the dental team are aware of the dangers posed by counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices and instruments and how to mitigate such risks.

Author notes: Edmund Proffitt, BA(Hons), Policy and Public Affairs Director, British Dental Industry Association, Mineral Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1NL, UK.

Objective: To understand the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices and instruments and how to mitigate such risks in order to purchase with confidence.

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