Revised guidance on radiation protection in dental practice

  • Date: 29 October 2020

UPDATED guidance on radiation protection in dental practice has been published by The Faculty of General Dental Practice and Public Health England.

The second edition of Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe use of X-ray Equipment sets standards of good practice for the safe use of X-ray equipment in dental practice and is endorsed by the College of General Dentistry (CGDent).

The guidance is available free on the FGDP website and hard copies are also available to purchase from the online shop.

UK-based associate, affiliate and full members of FGDP(UK), FGDP(UK) fellows, and joint members and fellows of FGDP(UK) and FDS RCS Eng will be receiving a complimentary printed copy in the post, which should arrive by the end of October 2020. A copy is also available on request to overseas-based members in the above categories by emailing

The guidance has been designed as a reference for the whole primary care dental team and covers both administrative and practical matters, taking into account developments in dental X-ray equipment, imaging technology and legislation since the first edition, which was published in 2001 by the National Radiological Protection Board.

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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