Dubai Toughens Requirements to Practice Implantology

Tighter laws are on the cards for dentists wishing to practice implantology in Dubai. A proposed change in policy will require dentists to complete 100 hours of implantology study and to present completed case reports, before being permitted to sit for the oral licensing exam. The move is set to infuriate local product companies, who have previously complained of the United Arab Emirate`s excessive licensing requirements.Industry-led courses are likely to be most affected by the ruling, as most are structured to ensure dentists clock up the 96 hours.
“Most of these courses would not be recognised,” said Dr Elhami Nicolas, of Nicolas & Asp College of Postgraduate Dentistry. “It is a positive change. People were not receiving adequate education.” The news will be a particular blow for Zimmer Dental whose upcoming course, held through Sharjah University`s College of Dentistry, aimed to fast-track local dentists to license level.

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