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Dentist summoned by GDC over counterfeit devices

11 January 2016

Dentist summoned by GDC over counterfeit devices

The GDC has revealed the details of a fitness to practise hearing that will investigate the deliberate use and supply of counterfeit dental devices to dental practices. 

The charges from the GDC state that dentist Fizan Tahir knowingly purchased and permitted the use of counterfeit and non-compliant dental equipment in Tooth Booth Practices. 

The GDC state that the conduct, which took place in 2012 and 2013, was financially motivated, misleading and dishonest.

The hearing will take place on 18th January 2016.

Over the last 18 months, the CSIDI campaign, run by the BDIA, has been raising awareness of the dangers of such counterfeit and non-compliant medical devices. Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director commented:

“The forthcoming GDC hearing highlights the serious consequences of using counterfeit dental devices. It also raises concerns for those dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and reinforces the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”

The general message from the CSIDI initiative is that "substandard and counterfeit instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, devices and whitening products are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity.

"All reporting can be done via a simple, dedicated web page on the BDIA website at www.bdia.org.uk"

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