• Local Decontamination Unit

  • General Info

  • Complience with Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05) is now a legal requirement for every Dental practice in the UK. In Scotland, the equivalent document is Scottish Health Planning Note 13, Part 2 (SHPN 13 Part 2).

  • The Solution

  • Here at NVDC we can help you review your existing practice facility & procedures, and how best to approach compliance with the requirements of HTM 01-05/ SHPN 13 Part 2. We’ll advise you on the most practical location for your LDU and the Decontamination equipment and furniture best suited to your practice. Uniquely, we’ll also be able to advise on any construction or building work required to achieve the desired standards, and sort out Planning Permission and Building Warrants (if required). We’ll work with you to finalise a design to suit your budget and requirements, and then we’ll undertake and Project Manage the works from start to finish to ensure you get the best possible results with the minimum of disruption to your patients and staff.

    See our case studies for examples of our Local Decontamination Unit solutions.


Over the next two years, the registration of healthcare providers, including dental practices both working within the NHS and entirely privately, will be introduced. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will oversee this process and have regulatory responsibility to ensure that the requirements for registration are met. This includes the provision of a safe, clean environment and appropriate decontamination of dental equipment, better known as an LDU (Local Decontamination Unit).

Every practice will be required to attain at least a minimum standard of “Essential Quality Requirements” within one year of the memorandum being published, and have a plan in place to move toward adopting the more stringent “Best Practice” standards. Even though there is as yet no firm deadline for achieving these higher “Best Practice” Standards, the CQC will be embarking on a programme of grading all practices poor, average, or good.


In Scotland, there were varying deadlines for compliance with SHPN 13 Part 2, depending on each practice’s individual circumstances. For those practices that were developing an LDU within their existing practice, they had until the end of December 2011 to confirm their decontamination procedures were in place and were fully compliant and operational. For those practices that were unable to incorporate a compliant LDU within their existing facilities, and would have required to either extend or relocate, had until the end of June 2010 to submit to their Health Board a time limited plan for the installation of the LDU.

Any dentists still not complying with guidelines, for whatever reasonr, now have until the end of December 2012 to confirm their decontamination procedures are in place and are fully compliant and operational.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, while there is a similar situation to that in England (with the exception of Care Quality Commission registration) – compliance with HTM 01-05’s “Essential Quality Requirements” within 12 months of the memo being published, compliance with the “Best Practice” standards is to be achieved by the end of November 2012.

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