England Standards & Guidance

There is an extensive list of UK standards and guidance on decontamination and infection control within a dental practice.

Standards and Guidance

Which standards and guidance are applicable to your dental practice depends on where you are in the country.

England, Scotland and Wales have different standards and guidance that cover similar topics. The ones relevant to your practice are defined by geographical location.

These should be adhered to alongside UK wide documents.


If your dental practice is in England, the following standards and guidance are relevant to you, along with the UK wide documents.

HTM 01-05: 2013 Edition
Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices

  This document provides guidance on decontamination policy within a primary care dental practice. Advice on local decontamination, engineering, technology and standards relating to the processing of re-usable medical devices is given. Periodic test schedules for decontamination equipment is also provided. 
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Code of Practice
  This document sets out the requirements a practice should adhere to in relation to obtaining, handling, using and disclosure of personal information. The document should be used to continually update and better any processes, policies in place; this will then enable a practice to provide detailed information for staff and service users in relation to the handling of confidential personal information. It is designed to reassure staff and service users about how our confidential personal information is to be handled and used. 
HTM 07-01:
Safe Management of Healthcare Waste
  This document provides information in relation to the safe disposal of all clinical waste and replaces the Health Services Advisory Committee’s (1999) guidance document. Its main aim is to focus on the management of infectious and medicinal waste and is designed to assist healthcare providers to meet legislative requirements. 
NPSA National Specifications for Cleanliness:
Primary Medical and Dental Premises
  The registration requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the CQC requires us as healthcare providers to ensure that all who are at risk of healthcare associated infections are protected. It is a document designed to give guidance on the management and implementation of processes in place to ensure premises are clean and safe for all staff and service users. 
Infection Prevention Society (IPS)
Audit Tool V2 2013

  The audit tool is a document produced by the infection prevention Society and is designed to allow practices in a primary care dental setting to self-assess in line with HTM01-05 decontamination guidelines .This then should identify issues and process information based on the findings, this information is then used to improve the quality of decontamination processes within your practice. 

England: Care Quality Commission
  This is independent national body responsible for checking health care providers for compliance with the essential standards and requirements. The CQC website provides guidance on meeting the standards and how to register with the CQC. 


United Kingdom

The following standards and guidance are relevant to all parts of the UK alongside the relevant geographical requirements.

Legionella L8
The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems

  This is an approved code of practice which provides practical help and advice on the control of legionella bacteria in our water systems. It gives guidance on compliance that is relative to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999. Management of risk, training, competency and good record keeping are also included in the document. 
Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare)
(HSE Referring to EN legislation)
  This document provides guidance for employers and employees to help them understand the legal obligations as set out by the Health and Safety Regulations 2013 to ensure that employers are meeting requirements to minimise the risk of sharps injury, are adequately assessed and have the appropriate control measures in place.