Private dental practices to be regulated by Healthcare improvement Scotland
Private dental clinics are to be regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) from next April as a result of recommendations to the Scottish Government on the non-surgical cosmetic industry.
Legislation will now be commenced after the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group published its advice on the best way to regulate the growing cosmetic industry in Scotland. The Scottish Government has announced that all private clinics where services are provided by doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and dental care professionals will be regulated by HIS from April 2016.
Chief executive and registrar of the General Dental Council, Evlynne Gilvarry, said: “The General Dental Council is very keen to have regulation of entirely private dental practices. We work with relevant bodies in the other three administrations and are keen to have similar arrangements in Scotland.
“The General Dental Council regulates the whole dental team, so practices owned and run by dental care professionals would also be covered.”
The report proposes a three-phase new regulation regime, starting with independent clinics next year.
The second phase will look at certain high-risk procedures, such as dermal fillers, which are being done in clinics provided by other health practitioners.
The final phase will seek to develop a system of regulation for other groups of practitioners.