Dental Laboratories Association
|Full name||Dental Laboratories Association|
|Affiliation||Orthodontic Technicians Association|
|Key people||Gordon Watters, Chairman
Jonathan Bill, Vice Chairman
Richard Daniels, Chief Executive
Betty Doody, Financial Director
|Office location||Nottingham, UK|
The Dental Laboratories Association (DLA) is the professional body for dental laboratory owners in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that members of the DLA are responsible for over 80 per cent of the dental laboratory services in the UK.
The DLA began as a division of the Surgical Instrument Manufacturers Association, later becoming a separate entity. The first meeting of the DLA Council took place in London in 1961. The first Secretary was John Wrench and administration was provided by a firm of accountants called Hughes Allan.
In 1977 Trevor Roadley, a Nottingham dental laboratory owner was appointed as Secretary. Operating initially at his laboratory and then in the DLA's first premises, Roadley gradually built up the range of member services and heightened the standing of the association. The DLA moved to larger premises in Nottingham in 1986, a converted chapel that was being used as a dental laboratory. At this stage the DLA had approximately 400 members. In 1987 Bill Courtney took over as Secretary. Like Trevor before him, Bill was a dental laboratory owner and member of the DLA Council.
By now the DLA was a recognised and respected member of the dental world and regularly met with organisations such as the General Dental Council, Orthodontic Technicians Association, British Dental Association and the Department of Health. These close relationships continue to this day and the DLA has presented evidence to the Health Select Committee at the House of Commons on the challenges faced by the profession.
The DLA was instrumental in setting up the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB), which is now known as the Dental Technologists Association (DTA). The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the emergence of the Medical Devices Directive and the introduction of Quality Systems to the industry. The DLA worked to establish an industry-led standard and the first example of this was a system based on BS 5750 called the Certification Authority for Dental Laboratories and Suppliers (CADLAS), which is still operating as AMTAC MEDICA and is now audited to ISO9002. With the lessons learned in setting up CADLAS, a new system called the Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit Scheme (DAMAS) was launched in 1998. This is based around ISO 9000 and also addresses the Medical Devices Regulations (MDR).
By now the Association membership had risen to over 900 and the association moved into new offices at Arboretum Gate in February 1997.
There have been many changes since 2000, including the retirement of Bill Courtney and appointment of Richard Daniels as Chief Executive. Membership has passed the 1,000 mark, and the DLA is building a profile as a campaigning organisation with appearances across the media.
The DLA logo is circular in shape with the initials "DLA" in the middle.
The DLA's current projects include:
- Occupational standards for technicians
- Training trainers (lab owners)
- Business advice systems
- Business seminars
- Health & safety advice
- Employment advice
- Materials non-conformance reporting
- British Standards (including sports mouthguards)
- Statutory Registration of technicians
- Lobbying for ringfenced fees for NHS work
- Running conferences, exhibitions and seminars
- Regional meetings and roadshows
- European affairs concerning laboratories
- IDEA - Inspiring Dental Education & Advice
Dental Technology Show
The DLA Council is the governing body of the association and is elected by the members. The DLA is run by the Nationally Elected Council. All member laboratories may send an observer to Council meetings.
|Vice Chairman||Jonathan Bill|
|Past Chairman||Alan Petrie|
|Chief Executive||Richard Daniels|
|Director of Finance||Elizabeth Doody|
|PA to Chief Executive||Vivien Downes|
|Professional Development Advisor||Claire Poole|
|DAMAS Co-ordinator||Janet Cameron|
|IDEA Co-ordinator||Suzanne Charlton|
|Commercial Services Manager||Frances Szymczak|
|Events/Advertising Co-ordinator||Kim O’Connor|
|Publications Co-ordinator||Guy Hughes|
|Membership Services||Lynsey Dransfield|
|Membership Administrator||Lorna Hudson|
|Council member||Barbara Hibbert|
|Council member||John Walton|
|Council member||Graham Cobb|
|Council member||Peter Natt|
|Council member||Andrew Ball|
|Council member||Tony Brown|
|Council member||Jonathon Bill|
|Council member||Jim Mackie|
|Council member||Gordon Watters|
|Council member||Barry Appleby|
|Council member||David Smith|
|Council member||David Bentley|
|Council member||Michael Egerton|
|Council member||Ian Taylor|
|Council member||Graham Findlay|
|Council member||Edward Attenborough|
|Council member||Alan Petrie|
|Council member||Anthony Laurie|
|Scottish Chair||Bob Carse|
|Northern Ireland Chair||Trevor Dundee|
- Official website
- 'Standards drop' in NHS dentistry - BBC News 15 September 2007
- OTA website
- Dental Technology Show 2008
- Orthodontic Technicians Association Conference 2008