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Marlborough Dental Laboratories are committed to providing high-quality products and we work hard to ensure that we are the forefront of changes in technology and best practice. Our association memberships allow us to remain in touch with developments within the dental industry.

Dental Laboratories Association

Dental Laboratories AssociationThe 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.

  • Inform and advise members of the latest industry developments and how they will affect their laboratory.
  • Support and implement initiatives to improve standards of work and materials.
  • Encourage schemes which help to improve the technical and general knowledge of all those working in the field of dental technology.
  • Lobby relevant government bodies and liaise with other dental organisations to protect the interests of the industry.
  • Promote the membership to the dental profession.

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Dental Technologists Association

Dental Technologists AssociationThe 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.”

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British Dental Technology

British Dental AssociationThe 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.

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Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme

DAMASDAMAS 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.

DAMAS shows:

  • We meet the requirements of the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the Medical Devices Regulations (MDR)
  • We are registered with the MHRA
  • We use tried and tested materials which help protect the health of patients
  • We are geared up to meet the needs of both the NHS and the private dental market
  • That we value the skills of our employees
  • We care about the service that we provide

What does DAMAS do for us?

  • Provides us with a method for organising our paperwork
  • Saves the most precious commodity we have, TIME
  • Ensures that we are well equipped if we are inspected by the MHRA
  • Reduces waste
  • Improves efficiency
  • Cuts remake levels
  • Highlights individual staff training needs
  • Provides traceability throughout the whole manufacturing process
  • Reduces complaints
  • Attracts more customers

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