The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU).
The EU affects dentistry in the UK in a number of areas including the movement of dentists and dental care professionals, the import of dental equipment and materials, as well as in health and safety legislation.
‘We did not take a position in this referendum,’ Mick Armstrong, chair of the BDA, said.
‘Our prerogative is to ensure this profession is heard by any governments making decisions that impact on care, wherever they are based, and whatever happens at the ballot box.
‘Today that role remains unchanged.
‘At this early stage we do not know what shape Brexit will take, but it could certainly mean significant changes for both dental regulation and the dental workforce.
‘We will aim to ensure withdrawal works for dentists.
‘We will offer support, advice and protect the interests of our membership, and work with our international partners where UK dentists can benefit.’
The BDA has now pledged to assess and keep its members advised on the full implications of withdrawal.