DENTAL NEWS: Huge haul of fake dental equipment seized

All these equipment were imported into the UK from China and Pakistan.

Dentists have been warned against buying unapproved dental equipment after more than 12,000 different pieces of poor-quality dental equipment sold on websites such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba have been seized in the past six months. 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is UK's regulator for medical devices and medicines, has stated that there are currently six investigations going on. All these are dealing with the purchase of counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment by dentists in the UK. These purchases include high-speed hand-piece drills from auction websites.

The items seized by MHRA include: 24 dental X-ray machines that emit high levels of radiation, 384 hand-piece drills that could malfunction and disintegrate inside the mouths of patients and 3,242 poor-quality root canal files that could break soon after being put.

Alastair Jeffrey, the MHRA's head of enforcement, stated that dentists must source their equipment from reputed suppliers. They have warned the dentists about the potential danger of buying and using counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment.

Jeffrey said, "The MHRA has seized large amounts of cheaply-priced, counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment. This equipment looks like the genuine product, and often has false CE approval markings but it is potentially dangerous to patients and the dental staff using it".

Dr Barry Cockcroft, NHS England's chief dental officer, stated that it as an important work by the MHRA as he states that it is very imperative for patient safety that dentists do not purchase equipment from any source where they cannot be confident of the origin or quality.

Quality is the thing at question here as all the dental equipments that were seized were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.

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