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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date posted: May 3, 2016
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:
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 (DAMAS).
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.
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 DLA DAMAS Implementation System and follow the guidance provided to implement the system.
If you have already bought the DAMAS folders from the DLA, 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, via the DLA on 0115 925 4888 or email to email@example.com
Date posted: March 29, 2016
All laboratories, need some kind of purchasing system in place to keep on top of their ordering. Maintaining an effective purchasing system can make a huge difference to the smooth running of your laboratory.
There are many ways of recording your purchasing, as DAMAS laboratories will know, recording what you order on one of the provided formats can make this process much simpler.
In order to keep track of what you have ordered, some form of purchase order record will be required.
A good purchase order form will allow you to easily record the following:
Opening the order:
– Which supplier you are ordering from
– What it is you are ordering
– When you have placed the order
– How you placed the order
After the order has been placed:
– Whether the order was received
– When the order was received
– Whether it was complete (or had things on back order for example)
– Whether items have been substituted for other items
– Whether any items need chasing up
When orders are received having a purchase order to make additional notes on is always very useful for traceability purposes, recording of lot and invoice numbers.
Date posted: March 22, 2016
Are you thinking of introducing a new material or process such as CAD CAM or Flexible Dentures into your lab?
It is a good idea, regardless of whether you are a DAMAS laboratory or not, that you take time to effectively evaluate new materials and processes, before fulling implementing them.
Common reasons for introducing new materials:
– A favourite material has been discontinued
– A new process or technology requires specific materials
Common reasons for introducing new processes:
– A new technique to make an existing process easier
– A modern, time saving technology
– The expansion of laboratory product lines
– The expansion of the laboratory as a whole
– Frequent requests for a certain type of appliance have made the introduction worthwhile
Apart from doing research before committing, conducting thorough evaluations is key to ensuring that the new process or material will work within your laboratory.
An important thing to remember is that you should (and already will, if you are a DAMAS lab) maintain lists of approved materials and suppliers. If at any point the new product is included in an appliance for a genuine patient case, the material must be added to the approved materials list. There is a material / process evaluation form provided with the DAMAS system for you to fill out as part of your evaluation process.
Date posted: March 8, 2016
Some laboratories may find the idea of setting up the DAMAS system themselves a daunting task, or they may simply feel that they do not have the time to do it.
The first and most efficient step to becoming a DAMAS laboratory is buy the system folders from the DLA. Once you have received your folders, you can either choose to implement the system yourself, before booking your initial external audit, or have one of our consultants implement it for you.
A typical DAMAS Consultancy:
If you choose to have a consultant come in to your lab to help set up your system, it takes typically the same length of time as an initial audit, but this can vary depending on a number of factors, for example the size of the lab, number of staff, number of manufacturing areas undertaken.
Consultants will require a tour of your laboratory, information about your current materials, suppliers, subcontractors and staff members, as well as what your current procedures are.
Our team are all well practiced at implementing these systems, so shouldn’t need to take up too much of your time, the real advantages are having peace of mind that the system is set up correctly and not having to spend a lot of your own time away from the business yourself to do it. As well as implementing the system for you, a guide as to how to use the system fully will be provided and the consultant will be available, during and after the implementation if you have any queries.
DAMAS in a day helps prospective labs get the system started and of to a flying start.
If your lab isn’t yet DAMAS registered, why not contact us for more information?
You can contact us about any aspect of DAMAS by calling us on 0115 925 4888, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date posted: March 23, 2015
The prospect of having your systems inspected can be quite daunting so to try and allay your fears below is a brief overview of what you can expect to happen on your DAMAS inspection day.
Most laboratories are choosing to purchase an off the shelf system from the DLA which guides you through the implementation stages. It is very important that your laboratory procedures comply with each clause of the DAMAS Specification and it is important to remember that simply buying the ‘DAMAS Implementation System’ from the DLA is not enough to prove compliance.
Once you have implemented all of the procedures to comply with DAMAS you need to check that it actually satisfies the requirements. This check is called internal auditing. What you may find by undertaking this internal audit is that not everything is being done correctly – this is called a nonconformity. Don’t worry about getting nonconformities just fix them and make sure they don’t happen again. Once you have one internal audit under your belt, you should carry out a management review which should determine if your system has been compromised by the number of nonconformities found.
When you are satisfied that your system meets the requirements of DAMAS, and you have a minimum of three months records, you may then apply to have your audit.
On the day of the assessment, the assessor will explain what will happen during the day. They will then assess your system for conformity with the DAMAS requirements. This will be done by examining samples of your records and assessing if these are sufficient to demonstrate conformity. The assessor will need a tour of your laboratory to look how your processes are undertaken which will include amongst other things, booking in, booking out and final inspection.
The assessor will take lots of notes and ask different questions about all different aspects of your manufacturing processes. Don’t worry about this. The assessor has to make records of their assessment so that random checks may be made to ensure that assessors are doing the job correctly!
When the assessor has finished, they will confirm any nonconformities they have found. It is up to you to fix nonconformities. In some instances, the assessor will guide you in the right direction but there are limitations on what guidance they can give. In all circumstances the assessor will let you know how to complete any paperwork which puts right any nonconformities that are identified.
In most cases, the assessor will find nonconformities of a minor nature that can be quickly fixed and that are not a cause for concern. The assessor will advise you that, in their opinion, your system meets the DAMAS requirements and that they will be recommending your registration as a DAMAS laboratory.
The DLA will confirm your DAMAS registration in writing and provide a copy of the DAMAS logo which may be used to promote your DAMAS status and on your lab stationery and lab tickets. It is also worthwhile writing to your clients to tell them about your success and that you now have independent proof that you are complying with the law, namely the Medical Devices Regulations and Medical Devices Directive. This is principally what DAMAS is about!