DAMAS Registrations

Date posted: October 18, 2018

Current DAMAS Registrations:

The number of DAMAS registered laboratories is currently 445. So what does this equate to nationally?

LOCATION NUMBER OF DAMAS REGISTERED LABS IN EACH AREA
WALES 14
CORNWALL, DEVON & SOMERSET 36
WILTSHIRE, DORSET, HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT 18
SURREY, SUSSEX & KENT 40
GREATER LONDON 28
NORFOLK, CAMBS & SUFFOLK 21
NORTHANTS, OXFORD, BERKS, BUCKS & BEDS 17
AVON, GLOS, HEREFORD & WORCS 15
SHROPSHIRE, STAFFS & WEST MIDLANDS 37
LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM, DERBY & LINCS 38
MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE 53
YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE 54
LANCS & CUMBRIA 26
DURHAM, CLEVELAND & NORTHUMBERLAND 19
SCOTLAND 22
NORTHERN IRELAND 7

Implementing DAMAS

Date posted: October 18, 2018

 

About the DAMAS Scheme:

The Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme (DAMAS) is the most commonly used quality system within the dental laboratory industry that provides a framework for an effective quality management system.

DAMAS provides laboratories with a set of processes that ensure a common sense approach to the management of the organisation. The system ensures consistency and improvement of working practices, which in turn should provide products and services that meet customer’s requirements.

DAMAS Implementation System:

The DAMAS team is often aware that many laboratories, although wanting to implement the DAMAS system, often struggle to put the basics of the system in place. By purchasing the implementation system, laboratories will be guided through the process of putting DAMAS in place in an easy to understand and straightforward way.

With the DAMAS Implementation System the main bulk of the procedures will be set up for you in advance as the DAMAS Procedures Manual which is the main area of the system will be compiled for you – all you need to do is fine tune it to ensure it describes what happens in your business – which saves you time!

What does the system consist off?

  • DAMAS Procedures Folder
  • DAMAS Records Folder
  • DAMAS CD
  • DAMAS Procedures Implementation Checklist
  • DAMAS Record Keeping Checklist
  • Booklet – DAMAS Explained
  • Booklet – MDD Explained

As well as having all the information you need to hand, included as part of the package is unlimited telephone/email support from the DAMAS office.

For further information on the DAMAS implementation system or with general queries, telephone 0115 9648249 or email damasoffice@btinternet.com

Current DAMAS Registrations – February 2018

Date posted: April 26, 2018

 

The number of DAMAS registered laboratories is currently 416. So what does this equate to nationally?

 

LOCATION NUMBER OF DAMAS REGISTERED LABS IN EACH AREA
WALES 12
CORNWALL, DEVON & SOMERSET 34
WILTSHIRE, DORSET, HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT 20
SURREY, SUSSEX & KENT 33
GREATER LONDON 23
NORFOLK, CAMBS & SUFFOLK 17
NORTHANTS, OXFORD, BERKS, BUCKS & BEDS 17
AVON, GLOS, HEREFORD & WORCS 16
SHROPSHIRE, STAFFS & WEST MIDLANDS 34
LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM, DERBY & LINCS 43
MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE 51
YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE 49
LANCS & CUMBRIA 25
DURHAM, CLEVELAND & NORTHUMBERLAND 19
SCOTLAND 18
NORTHERN IRELAND 5

 

THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A DAMAS REGISTERED LABORATORY

Date posted: April 26, 2018

 

What is DAMAS?

The Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme (DAMAS) is a quality assurance management system, similar to systems such as ISO 9001, but has been simplified and tailored specifically towards the dental industry. It provides the opportunity for laboratories to become certified as a laboratory that is in compliance with the law.

There are many benefits to being able to call yourself a DAMAS laboratory:

Retaining clients:

As more and more clients, (particularly bigger corporate clients) look for a straightforward way to select their labs, some are now specifying that they will only use labs with such proven registrations as DAMAS and ISO 9001.

The potential to attract new clients:

As the number of DAMAS laboratories continues to grow, when seeking out new laboratories to try, clients will know at a glance that you have proven your labs compliance to the law and a commitment to quality.

Promotion for your laboratory:

Once registered your laboratory will be published on the DAMAS website, making it easier for people to find you.

Peace of mind:

Knowing that your laboratory is in conformity with the requirements of the MDD and MDR, for you and your clients.

A simple to follow management system:

A simple system to help ensure the smooth day-to-day running of your business.

CPD:

After having implemented the system and passed your first external audit, you and your staff will be eligible to receive verifiable CPD.

Becoming DAMAS Registered:

There are a few routes that you can take to start the process:

  • Using the DAMAS Specification as a guide implement your own system.
  • Buy in the DAMAS Implementation System and follow the guidance provided to implement the system.
  • If you have already bought the DAMAS folders, but feel you do not have the time to implement the system yourself or would like more support, a DAMAS Consultant can come into your laboratory and implement your system for you.

For more information on any areas about becoming DAMAS registered or for more details on the amount of CPD you could claim as a DAMAS laboratory please feel free to contact the DAMAS office.

 

DAMAS Registrations – July 2017

Date posted: April 26, 2018

 

The number of DAMAS registered laboratories is currently 415. So, what does this equate to nationally?

 

Location Number of DAMAS Registered Labs in each area
WALES 13
CORNWALL, DEVON & SOMERSET 32
WILTSHIRE, DORSET, HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT 22
SURREY, SUSSEX & KENT 32
GREATER LONDON 23
NORFOLK, CAMBS & SUFFOLK 19
NORTHANTS, OXFORD, BERKS, BUCKS & BEDS 18
AVON, GLOS, HEREFORD & WORCS 16
SHROPSHIRE, STAFFS & WEST MIDLANDS 33
LEICESTER, NOTTINGHAM, DERBY & LINCS 42
MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE 50
YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE 47
LANCS & CUMBRIA 25
DURHAM, CLEVELAND & NORTHUMBERLAND 19
SCOTLAND 19
NORTHERN IRELAND 5

 

 

MHRA Registration – Ensure your details are up to date

Date posted: May 16, 2016

 

Many dental laboratory owners will remember the changes to the Medical Devices Directive that came into force in March 2010 which included changes such as the patient statement and a legal requirement to record complaints. But were you aware that as part of these changes the registration details of manufacturers including dental laboratories changed from being confidential to that of a public register.

Prior to 2010 all manufacturers that were registered with the MHRA were written to and informed that information held by the MHRA would no longer be confidential and as part of the process of releasing this information on a public register manufacturers had to confirm their registration details.

The letter sent out by the MHRA required that all dental laboratories confirm their registration information was correct and that continued registration was required by the laboratory. This confirmation by the dental laboratory was required in writing. Essentially if no confirmation was received from the dental laboratory manufacturer by the MHRA prior to the deadline in 2009 then the MHRA archived the laboratory registration and considered the laboratory to be no longer registered.

If you had moved business premises since your first registration with the MHRA which was previously named the Medical Devices Agency (MDA) and you didn’t inform the MHRA you would not have received this letter and you may not now be registered.

It is essential that all manufacturers verify their registration to ensure that the dental laboratory is registered and that the registration details are correct and up to date.

To check if your dental laboratory registration is current visit the following link which will take you directly to the register for dental appliances, alternatively you may visit the MHRA website and undertake a general search using the following wording ‘Access to the Medical Devices Register’:

http://aic.mhra.gov.uk/era/pdr.nsf/devicecode?openpage&RestrictToCategory=K1&start=1&count=200

If your dental laboratory information is incorrect or out of date then you will need to rectify this by accessing the MHRA’s Devices Online Registration System (DORS). This online registration system can be accessed at https://aic.mhra.gov.uk/era/drsystem.nsf/login . Once your account is activated by the MHRA you will be able to make the necessary changes. Please note that for new and subsequent changes to the registered details held by the MHRA, the statutory fee of £70.00 will be charged.

If you need help with any aspect of MHRA registration contact the DLA office on 0115 9254888