Standards of Dentistry Abroad

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Treatment abroad, like private treatment in the UK, does not necessarily conform to the government guidelines on healthcare. This means that procedures and drugs not fully tested in the UK may be offered. Nonetheless, clinics abroad are assessed and accredited by international standards boards, including the USA’s JCI (Joint Commission International), the UK and Hong Kong’s TAS (Trent Accreditation Scheme) and the UKAF (United Kingdom Accreditation Forum). These are all members of the ISQua (International Society for Quality in Healthcare Inc.), a renowned authority on safe and effective healthcare. Although each is renowned for reliably assessing standards in foreign clinics, it is worth noting that TAS ceased to operate in May 2010, partially due to the competition. Its cessation is recent and as such most of its assessments are up-to-date, but it is worth ensuring that standards in any clinic have been aptly assessed in the relatively near past by a reliable body.

This guide endeavours to ensure the patient is aware of these assessments in relation to the countries and clinics in which dental treatments are offered. Generally any clinic that is accredited by an ISQua-registered association will readily display this on a website or advertisement to proudly demonstrate quality. However, an accredited facility does not mean an accredited dentist or dental surgeon. Generally accreditation boards do not sanction individuals; only local standards boards will be able to license a doctor, so the patient must be sure of this reliability first. Of course most endorsed establishments will by necessity employ licensed dentists and surgeons, but this does not always have to be the case.

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