The British Dental Association has warned that dentists in Northern Ireland are not being
kept informed about the upcoming compulsory registration with the Regulation and Quality
Improvement Authority (RQIA) and has called on the organisation to provide dental clinics with
clear, written instructions.
Registration is scheduled to start on April 1, yet so far no dentist in Northern Ireland has received instructions about what the process will involve and what they are required to do.
The BDA is warning that unless the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) issues instructions soon, the registration process will fail as dentists will not have had time to prepare.
Peter Crooks, Chair Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee, said:
“RQIA expects dentists to comply with unpublished deadlines, without providing guidance on the key information dentists need to know.
“Far more must be done by RQIA to communicate with the dental profession to enable dental practices to understand the requirements of the legislation, and how to demonstrate compliance.
“The additional administration necessary to meet this new and costly regulatory burden will involve time away from treating patients. For this reason, practices need to be given adequate notice to enable them to prioritise patient care and comply with the requirements.”