The regulatory regime for infection control in the dental profession has been through a great deal of change and dental practices are being bombarded with information from all directions. So it’s not surprising that there is still a considerable amount of confusion in many practices as to just what their obligations are.
The Health Act 2008 is not optional, it is the Law. Part 2 of the Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infections is simply a set of criteria for Compliance with the Health Act 2008. What is optional is whether you implement these criteria via the guidelines laid down in HTM 01-05 or through another method – provided that you can prove that the other method is just as effective. If you are unable to do so, then you should implement HTM 01-05.
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