Cfast dental lab champions ‘buy British’ scheme

shutterstock_113548579Cfast, the cosmetic teeth-straightening system champions the ‘buy British’ scheme in backlash against cheap dental imports

Cfast is eager to ensure its products are safe and compliant – both for dentists and their patients.

In a bid to highlight the system’s top quality manufacturing commitment, its dental laboratory, Triple O, recently earned accreditation via the British Bite Mark scheme.

The dentally recognised quality assurance mark reassures dentists and patients alike that all Cfast devices have been manufactured in the UK and are fully compliant with strict Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme (DAMAS) guidelines.

Dentistry faces a continual battle against counterfeit and cheap imports flooding the market. Last year, it was announced that more than 700 counterfeit drills had been seized over a four-year period. Two years ago, it was revealed that more than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment had been seized in the UK in just six months.

Raising awareness

In response, the BDIA’s Counterfeit and Sub-standard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI) aims to raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices with stark warnings of the potential dangers to patients – and to a professional’s registration – as a result of using counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices.

Working closely with the dental profession and MHRA, the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, and devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity.

Robert Hughes, managing director at Triple O, said: ‘Not so long ago, the ‘Made in Britain’ ethos was something of which all UK businesses were proud, and this remains the case with Triple O and Cfast. ‘Lately, the world of dentistry has been exposed to cheap and inferior overseas products but here in the UK, we have to manufacture products, particularly in dentistry, to very strict controls. The British bite mark is testimony to this.

We are very proud to have attained this recognition in what is Triple O’s 30th anniversary.’

Welcoming the move, Cfast’s clinical director, Dr Biju Krishnan, said: ‘As a practising dentist, I need to be 100% confident that the materials being placed into my patients’ mouths have passed the strictest medical checks and quality controls. This is one of the reasons that we have formed a strong working relationship with one of UK’s longest established and trusted dental labs, Triple O.’

He added: ‘This further accreditation reinforces a strong reputation that Cfast devices have, not only in the UK, but also in many other countries that place a strong value on British standards of excellence.’

British Bite Mark

Bitemark-FinalThe British Bite Mark was launched in 2012 and is designed to represent the dental laboratory industry in Great Britain. Wherever patients see the British Bite Mark logo, they can be confident that custom-made dental appliances have been manufactured on site in a British dental laboratory to specific dental requirements.

The British Bite Mark also provides patients with confidence that their dentists are using dental laboratories that have registered with all the appropriate regulators and have confirmed that they manufacture your custom made dental appliance in accordance with all legislative requirements.

Cfast is manufactured in accordance with the Medical Devices Directive, this means it is made with ‘CE’ marked materials by a qualified dental technician and that the manufacturing dental laboratory is available for an ‘on-the-spot’ inspections from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. It also means it’s been signed as ‘fit for purpose’ by a GDC-registered dental technician.

Triple O will be on stand D22 at the BDIA Showcase. The listing is under the name SmileTRU for the show.


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