Dentistry Regulation in Poland

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If you are seeking dental treatment in Poland, you will be looking for a private clinic. The opening of the free market in Poland meant that there was a massive surge in the growth of private dentists, and this has created a great deal of competition between dentists and clinics, resulting in the emergence of many highly-skilled dentists working in cutting-edge clinics. Such levels of competition are always encouraging when it comes to choosing the right clinic and dentist for you, as the standards on the whole are much higher. Although the government itself does not regulate dentistry in Poland, the responsibility is undertaken by the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists.

Qualifications of Dentists in Poland

Ultimately every reliable Polish dentist should be registered with the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, which you can ratify by contacting this organisation. Furthermore many are registered with the National Medical and Dental Association (NMDA), a coalition of Polish-American dentists also seeking to offer the highest standard of care. Some may even be additionally registered with the UK’s General Dental Council or Dentist Register, but the only qualification you must be assured of is the one registered with the Chamber. Indeed, even if the dentist or clinic boasts such a registration, you must still confirm it with the Chamber, as one condition of a licence (known as the Prawo Wykonywania Zawodu) is that the dentist must present himself or herself every five years before the council to ensure that standards are maintained and the latest knowledge and skills are in practice. An out-of-date licence is not an acceptable qualification. If, as is most likely, you are seeking a specialist treatment, then your dentist should also have undertaken training from the Centre for Medical Postgraduate Education (CMPE), which you should also ratify.

Accreditation of Dental Practices in Poland

Because of the lack of governmental regulation, accreditation is instead undertaken by foreign bodies. You should make sure that the clinic of your choice is certified by ISO (Internation Organisationfor Standardisation) 9001, as well as by the international Quality Monitoring Centre. You could also find out whether it is accredited by any of the other international standards boards detailed in the introduction to this guide.  It is always wise to make sure. Typically any clinic or dentist, especially in the fiercely competitive atmosphere of modern dentistry in Poland, will be proud to display or relate to you their qualifications and accreditation, so you can easily ratify the information. If they neglect to do so, it may not necessarily be a sign of a dodgy practice, but you should certainly proceed with caution.

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