FGDP(UK) responds to draft IRMER update

Law & Regulation

FGDP(UK) responds to a draft IRMER update regarding the use of x-ray equipment in dental practice

FGDP(UK) has responded to a draft update of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IRMER), which together with the Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR), govern the use of x-ray equipment in dental practices.

The Faculty’s submission was written by Professor Keith Horner, Co-Editor of FGDP(UK)’s Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, and supports the inclusion of non-medical imaging within the regulations, and of the ‘fundamentals of radiological interpretation of disease’ within the training requirements.

The revision is a result of the need to implement EU Basic Safety Standards Directive 2013, and will replace IRMER 2000 as well as the amendments made in 2006 and 2011. IRR99 will also be replaced by IRR17, and in advance of the new rules coming into force early next year, FGDP(UK) will be analysing what the changes mean for dentists and practice teams.

Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography is the leading text on indications for radiographic investigation, and gives clear, simple and practical advice on the safe and effective use of radiography in practice. It is available in hard copy, as an e-book and free of charge online.

The draft Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 can be found here.