August 15th, 2013

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.

The purpose of the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) is to protect the patient by ensuring that all materials that go into the oral cavity have been verified for use in the laboratory and are suitable for use, including also that manufacturers (laboratories) show that they work under controlled conditions i.e. processes and traceability. DAMAS provides all this within its system, which is then verified by yearly external auditing.

DAMAS Implementation:

The DLA is often aware that many laboratories although wanting to implement the DAMAS system often struggle to put the basics of the system in place. The DLA has therefore designed a DAMAS Implementation system which is much easier and less time consuming in the initial stages to implement.

As with all quality systems there will still be work to do to meet the DAMAS requirements but the main bulk of the system 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?

The DLA has designed the system based around the popular DAMAS distance learning system and the DLA MDD systems.

The new ‘DAMAS Implementation System’ will consist of:

  • DAMAS Procedures Folder
  • DAMAS Records Folder
  • DAMAS Procedures Implementation Checklist
  • DAMAS Record Keeping Checklist
  • DAMAS Auditing 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 DLA office.

For further information on the DAMAS implementation system or with general queries telephone 0115 9254888 or email

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