Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice for Dental Technicians defined:

Qualified and registered dental technicians and dental technologists are the only persons who may do the work as described in the scope of practice as stipulated below. A dental technician may be employed to do the following work in a registered dental laboratory/ manufacturing facility, under the direct supervision of a dental technician contractor/dental technologist, a relevant dental clinician or appropriate clinical professional:

carry out infection control procedures to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the laboratory/ manufacturing facility.

  • select appropriate materials for the design, manufacture and repair of fixed and removable custom made device as prescribed by a relevant practicing dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • design, plan and manufacture a range of custom-made fixed or removable custom made device according to a written prescription or verbal instruction by a relevant practicing dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • repair and modify fixed or removable custom made device on the instruction of a relevant dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • carry out shade taking if requested by a relevant practicing dental/medical clinician.
  • verify and take responsibility for the quality and safety of devices leaving the dental laboratory in as far as appropriate to the profession.
  • supervise a dental laboratory assistant.


Dental technicians may not:

be a dental technician contractor or supervise a registered dental laboratory/ manufacturing facility

  • perform clinical procedures or fit custom made devices
  • provide treatment for or give clinical advice to patients

Practice in this context goes wider than dental technology. It includes teaching, research and management, given that such does influence clinical and technical practice and public safety. Areas of dental technology practice which were not included in a practitioner’s training should not be undertaken unless the practitioner has successfully completed appropriate training and practices to the standard required by the relevant Scope of Practice.

Scope of Practice for Dental Technologists defined:

The Scope of Practice for dental technologists is essentially the same as that of dental technicians as defined in this document under the ‘Scope of Practice for Dental Technicians’ with the following exception:

Dental technologist may:

be a dental technician contractor, and/or supervise a dental laboratory.

  • employ dental technicians, laboratory assistants.
  • review cases coming into the laboratory to decide how they should progress.
  • work with the a relevant dental clinician or appropriate clinical professional on treatment planning and design of a custom made device appliance for a specific patient.


Dental technologists may not:

perform clinical procedures

  • custom fit custom made device without the written consent of a relevant practicing dental/medical clinician
  • provide treatment for or give clinical advice to patients

Practice in this context goes wider than dental technology. It includes teaching, research and management, given that such does influence clinical and technical practice and public safety. Areas of dental technology practice which were not included in a practitioner’s training should not be undertaken unless the practitioner has successfully completed appropriate training and practices to the standard required by the relevant Scope of Practice.

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