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LONDON, UK: The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has published a manifesto in response to the uncertainty after the Brexit vote in June. Six main priority areas are highlighted in the document, including creating a favourable business environment, investing in the nation’s oral health, working to protect patients, spending more on the NHS, generally building towards a better future and championing innovation. At the same time, the association has encouraged dental professionals to attend the BDIA Dental Showcase in October to obtain more information about the Brexit outcomes.
The impact of the Brexit on the dental industry in the medium to long term will very much depend on the form a post-Brexit UK will take, the relationship that the UK chooses to have with the EU, and indeed the relationship that the EU is willing to accept. In the short term, business will be as usual for the dental industry, since EU law will continue to apply in the UK.
In response to the Brexit, the BDIA in July released a post-Brexit manifesto, Shaping the future, which sets out the industry’s views on how government should positively influence the future for oral health, dentistry and the dental industry. Six main priority areas are highlighted: creating a favourable business environment, investment in the nation’s oral health, protecting patients, investment in the NHS, building a better future and championing innovation.
The document can be obtained from the BDIA website.
BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director Edmund Proffitt commented on the manifesto: “There is a window of opportunity for the dental industry to share its positive vision for the future with key politicians, civil servants and decision makers. If Government can build the right regulatory environment and provide targeted investment in oral health it can make a significant contribution to protecting the UK’s oral health for years to come”. The BDIA has encouraged all dental professionals to visit the BDIA Dental Showcase to learn more about the British industry.
More than 350 dental companies are expected to be at the trade fair, being held from 6 to 8 October at the ExCeL London exhibition and convention centre, this year. As the largest dental show in the UK, about 12,000 visitors attend to discover the very latest dental innovations. The Implant Zone will be back for 2016, as well as some new features, including the Networking and Meeting Zone and Go Digital! Zone. Also new this year are two education theatres offering 30- to 40-minute sessions on educational topics, with speakers selected by leading industry suppliers. Entrance to the exhibition is free for all registered visitors. A BDIA 2016 mobile app will soon be released, the exhibition organisers have announced.