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Regulations and handbooks

There are regulations for the terms on which dental services are provided under the National Health Service Act 1977.

These are the original regulations and must be read with the amending statutory instruments

The National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts) Regulations 2005

The National Health Service (Personal Dental Services Agreements) Regulations 2005

The National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2006

The National Health Service (Personal Dental Services Agreements) (Wales) Regulations 2006

The National Health Service (Dental Charges) Regulations 2005

Dental handbooks and guidance

NHSBSA Dental Services practice inspection booklet (PDF: 259KB)Read our Dental handbook for commissioners, practices and dentists (PDF: 1.9MB) for advice on:

  • general contract management, both clinical and financial aspects
  • management of practices for commissioners and contract holders

Dental contract reform

Practices that are involved in our dental contract reform programme can read our Dental contract reform handbook (PDF: 3.5MB).  This considers the differences needed to allow practices to deliver services under the programme.

The handbooks are updated regularly.  Make sure you’re always using the latest version.