The Dental Laboratories Association Ltd (DLA) is a professional body for dental laboratory owners in the UK. Currently the Association has around 1000 members, over 50 of whom are affiliates. It is estimated that members of the DLA are responsible for over 80% of the dental laboratory services in the UK.
The DLA’s mission is to represent effectively the interests of the members and provide a range of professional services to support and develop their businesses.
The DTA is a not for profit professional association for dental technicians in the UK. It was established in the 1980s and was originally called the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB) with a remit for education and training.
The DTA is the voice for dental technicians, whether qualified or in training. The DTA keeps in touch with government departments and other influential bodies within dentistry. We are committed to keeping members in touch with what is going in dental technology as well as the wider dental arena.
Their vision is “To advance the standards of the art and science of dental technology for the benefit of the profession and patients. To promote the interchange of views between dental technicians and to negotiate on their behalf with various bodies. To raise issues, provide advice and propose ideas to others on matters affecting dental technicians.”
The Dental Laboratories Association ‘British Bite Mark’ is fast becoming a talking point both for patients and professionals in dentistry, as patients become more aware of the significant differences between custom made dental appliances manufactured in the UK & Europe rather than in countries like China, India.
The UK dental technology profession manufactures millions of crowns, bridges and dentures every year for both NHS and Private dental patients, all of which are subject to standards that are set by the Medical Devices Directive and policed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, compare this to dental technology in China and India where there are no Mandatory regulations regarding the manufacturing of denture, crowns and bridges.
Launched in March 2012, the British Bite Mark aims to inform patients that their custom made dental appliance is manufactured in the UK and complies with all the material and professional standards set in the UK to protect patients from receiving illegally manufactured crowns, bridges or dentures.
DAMAS is the ‘Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme’. It is a quality management system designed specifically for the manufacturers of custom made dental appliances.
Once a year our laboratory is audited by a third party assessor to make sure that we conform to the specification. This is a set of criteria that will guarantee consistency and prove without doubt that we comply with the MDD and the MDR.
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