The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has moved to highlight the serious consequences of using counterfeit dental products.
The warnings have come after the General Dental Council (GDC) published details of a fitness To practise (FTP) case involving the use of counterfeit products putting patients and staff at risk.
‘The forthcoming GDC hearing highlights the serious consequences of using counterfeit dental devices,’ Tony Reed, BDIA executive director, said.
‘It also raises concerns for those dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and reinforces the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.’
Counterfeit dental products
The BDIA has been campaigning, through its award-winning CSIDI campaign, to raise awareness of the dangers of using counterfeit dental products.
The message from the campaign is; substandard and counterfeit instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, devices and whitening products are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity.
Reporting any counterfeit products can be done via the BDIA’s website: www.bdia.org.uk.