The CDTA wishes to bring to the notice of all members that failing to observe the rules of conduct set out below would be taken as infamous conduct in a professional respect.
1. No registered denturist/clinical dental technician should by any act or omission do anything or cause anything to be done which he or she has reasonable grounds for believing is likely to endanger or affect adversely in a tangible way the health or safety of a patient or patients.
2 It shall be the responsibility of the denturist/clinical dental technician to perform the whole task of consultation, examination, design, registration of centric occlusion, setting of teeth, fitting and aftercare for the dental appliance he or she supplies, except that an appliance for immediate insertion shall be supplied in consultation and co-operation with a dental surgeon.
3. No part of this work shall be subcontracted or otherwise delegated to another person, provided only that;
The processing and construction of dental appliances requiring a specialist dental laboratory may be subcontracted. An assistant may be employed to carry out basic functions relating to the construction of dental appliances. All other aspects of the provision and construction of dental appliances, including the design, development of tooth positions, flange design and carving must be performed by the clinical dental technician. (see explanatory notes).
4. Advertising by denturists/clinical dental technicians in respect of professional services and activities shall be accurate and restrained. Whether written or audio-visual, advertising should not be misleading, deceptive, unfair, self-laudatory, false, fraudulent or sensational. Claims should not be made regarding the superiority of personal skills, equipment or facilities. The above includes a requirement that no denturist/clinical dental technician shall advertise anything in relation to cost or price. Professional signs should be dignified and professionally restrained.
5. A denturist/clinical dental technician shall work in premises appropriate for the performance of health provision to members of the public, including a consulting room separate from the laboratory or workshop. The premises shall be clean, furnished and equipped to professional standards to the satisfaction of the regulatory body.
6. A denturist/clinical dental technician shall have due regard to current health & safety regulations, cross-infection control and liability to employees and public members. He or she should maintain the premises in good condition and maintain high personal hygiene and appearance standards.
7. A denturist/clinical dental technician shall at all times observe the laws and regulations about his or her profession, uphold the honour and dignity of the profession and not engage in any activity which may bring the profession into disrepute.
8. A denturist/clinical dental technician’s prime concern should be to serve his or her patients’ best interests and needs.
9. A denturist/clinical dental technician shall keep full records of his or her patients and any work he or she performs for or on them. Records shall be kept in accordance with current regulations concerning confidentiality.
10. The general requirement that “the same person” should carry out all the tasks relating to the supply of dental appliances should be adhered to as closely as possible. The construction of chrome-cobalt dentures and the processing of injection moulded dentures are two examples where the use of specialised dental laboratories may be permitted.
The employment of assistants may relate to student denturists/clinical dental technicians or laboratory aides who would be restricted in the type of work they may perform, e.g. model casting. The Board of Governors of the Association may, from time to time, review the regulations in line with developments in the technological field. Those seeking clarification should place, in writing, their areas of concern for consideration by the Board of Governors.
11. It will be a requirement for those wishing to use the Association logo in their advertising to submit their proposed advertisement to the Chief Executive for consideration. For those not wishing to use the Association logo submission, to the Chief Executive, of their proposed advertisement is still recommended to avoid any allegation of unprofessionalism.
12. Under the Data Protection Act, it is mandatory to register with the appropriate body if personal computer records are held on any other person. It is also advisable that those holding manual records should seek clarification from the Data Protection Registrar with a view to registering.