Policy & Foreword

This section highlights the changes in the 'Policy and Foreword' from the 2009 and 2013 editions of HTM 01-05.

1.0 Policy and Foreword - Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer

The information below shows the paragraphs from HTM 01-05 2013 Edition Section 1.0 that have changed from those within HTM 01-05 2009 Edition.


Paragraph 1.4 

The guidance provided here follows the essential principles given in the ‘Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and related guidance’ (the Code of Practice). This requires that effective prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection be embedded in everyday practice. For this reason, the guidance is written with emphasis on practical and readily implemented measures. Appendix B of the Code of Practice refers specifically to the requirements for dental practices.

What the changes mean and how do they affect your practice?

Slight textual alterations only, with the added mention of Appendix B of the code of practice which applies to dental practices specifically.


Paragraph 1.5

The 2010 revision to the Code of Practice establishes a duty to provide and maintain a clean and appropriate environment for healthcare within a specific requirement for effective arrangements for the appropriate decontamination of instruments and other equipment is given. This guidance is designed to assist all primary care dental providers (including salaried dental services) in meeting these requirements.

What the changes mean and how do they affect your practice?

When the original HTM 01-05 was published back in 2009, the code of practice had not been revised as this occurred in 2010. The follow on text remains the same and the outcome is exactly as it was back in 2009.

The code of practice has always established a duty to provide and maintain a clean and appropriate environment for healthcare. Appendix B now relates specifically to dental practices.


Paragraph 1.7 & 1.8

The need for guidance section: 1.7 and 1.8 of the 2009 document have been removed from the 2013 edition.

What the changes mean and how do they affect your practice?

This has been removed as the information as to why HTM 01-05 was initially introduced is now common knowledge.


Paragraph 1.21

Practices need to have a process in place to clearly identify the date of reprocessing of wrapped instruments (paragraph 2.4k(i)). The record should show the date of decontamination or the expiry date,

What the changes mean and how do they affect your practice?

This is a shorter statement than the 2009 edition original (1.23). The difference is that the 2013 edition asks that you show EITHER the decontamination date OR the expiry date, not both as previously suggested in the 2009 edition.

The general consensus is that the expiration date is the preferred choice so that there can be no confusion as to which method is being used. Isopharm would always promote good practice and therefore suggest that two dates would cover all eventualities.


Paragraph 1.31

Professional advice is available from the British Dental Association’s ‘Infection Control - England’, which takes full account of Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 www.bda.org.

What the changes mean and how do they affect your practice?

Previously the ‘further guidance’ section pointed the reader towards the BDA A12. As parts of this were superseded by HTM 01-05 a new document has been created for dental practices.

Note: Membership of the British Dental Association is required to access this document.