BDA sounds note of caution
Association predicts uncertain times ahead for UK dentistry in the wake of historic Brexit decision
The BDA has warned that there could be “significant changes” ahead for dentistry in the UK after the British people voted to leave the European Union.
Dentistry in the UK is affected by EU legislation in a number of areas, including the free movement of EU dentists and DCPs, trading of dental equipment and materials as well as health and safety legislation. The BDA, as a member of the Council of European Dentists, has worked at EU and international level on issues such as the phase down of dental amalgam.
Mick Armstrong, chair of the BDA, said that the association would assess and keep its members advised on the full implications of withdrawal.
Brexit... could certainly mean significant changes for both dental regulation and the dental workforce
Dr Mick Armstrong
He said: “We did not take a position in this referendum. Our prerogative is to ensure this profession is heard by any governments making decisions that impact on care, wherever they are based, and whatever happens at the ballot box. Today that role remains unchanged.
“At this early stage we do not know what shape Brexit will take, but it could certainly mean significant changes for both dental regulation and the dental workforce.
“We will aim to ensure withdrawal works for dentists. We will offer support, advice and protect the interests of our membership, and work with our international partners where UK dentists can benefit.”