BDA concerns prompt government debate over teeth whitening laws
28 June 2011 00:00 in Dental / Dental Practitioner News
The British Dental Association's (BDA's) concerns over the regulation of teeth whitening procedures in the UK have prompted a parliamentary debate on the issue.
Ministers representing the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been meeting with BDA officials to discuss the problem of patients seeking unsafe treatments offered by non-professional practitioners.
Responding to this, parliamentary undersecretary of state for BIS Edward Davey has pledged to confer with European regulators to reinforce the stance that whitening products should not be made available directly to consumers.
Other concerns noted by Mr Davey during the adjournment debate include the use of chlorine dioxide in whitening products and the inconsistent approach to regulating the sector among trading standards officers.
Consumer protection bodies will be briefed on any developments from Brussels on this matter, the MP added.
Earlier this month, the General Dental Council launched a public awareness campaign designed to improve understanding of the risks of uncertified tooth whitening operations.
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