The winner of the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) ‘Spot the Fake’ competition has been announced as Lizzie Boon, a qualified dental nurse and quality assurance auditor for the National Examining Board of Dental Nurses (NEBDN).
Held at BDIA Dental Showcase 2016, the competition challenged members of the dental team to correctly identify genuine and counterfeit dental devices as part of the BDIA’s award-winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), which has recently partnered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help stamp out counterfeit and non-compliant equipment.
As the winner of the competition, Lizzie was awarded £500 to spend with a BDIA member of her choice, and put the money to good use by choosing to purchase subscriptions to Dental Nursing for herself and colleagues at NEBDN.
Commenting on the competition, Lizzie said: ‘Seeing the fake equipment next to the real thing definitely makes you think about where the products come from and how important it is to purchase quality equipment from a reputable supplier in order to safely protect users and patients.’
The CSIDI campaign continues to highlight the danger of counterfeit and non-compliant dental equipment and the risk involved in purchasing from unknown sources. BDIA policy and public affairs director, Edmund Proffitt, commented: ‘Counterfeit dental devices pose a real risk to patients as well as the professionals using them. We’re pleased that the competition and CSIDI campaign have had such a positive response from the dental team and look forward to continuing this important work in partnership with the MHRA.’