Scotland 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 Scotland, the following standards and guidance are relevant to you, along with the UK wide documents.

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme
  The organisation offers evidence based guidance and support for dental practices in Scotland in relation to clinical and organisational decision making. Their aim is to assist these practices in delivering the best possible care for dental patients. 
Scotland: Scottish Commission for Regulation of Care
(Healthcare Improvement Scotland)
  This is a health body formed to provide healthcare improvement advice that is evidence based and focuses on helping independent healthcare providers to deliver safe and effective patient care. The body is also responsible for examining such services to ensure that public assurance about the quality and care they receive is exceptional. 


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.