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The heart of the matter

Janet Collins, head of standards at the General Dental Council, sets out how the new ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ came into being

Developing the new 'Standards for the Dental Team' has been a lengthy and in-depth process, but one that we think has produced standards which have patient protection at their heart and provide more clarity on what we expect of dental professionals.

The current standards were first published in May 2005. At that time, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists were not registered and the needs of those groups were not necessarily considered in the drafting of the current standards.

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