Effective decontamination of dental instruments presents a challenge. A number of groups are working to assist the dental team with some of the key issues. This page provides links to some helpful resources.


For in-practice training and information in relation to any infection control or decontamination queries contact the Quality Improvement In Practice Training Team.

For self-assessment, there are self-assessed Decontamination FAQs ( see below).


A series of documents providing guidance on decontamination is being developed by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness programme (SDCEP).

Planning & Building

Information on preferred contractors for Local Decontamination Units (LDUs) approved by Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) is available-  to see document click here (updated May 2013).

HFS have also produced a project management document for the provision of Local Decontamination Units (LDUs).


A list of Approved Decontamination Equipment is available. This was last updated in January 2018.

Please note:-  Approved Decontamination Equipment list may change from time to time as new equipment is added and older machines become obsolete.

Dentists should contact Kris Lindsay, Commodity Manager on 0131 275 7454 or with any queries.

Decontamination FAQ topics:

These answers have been provided by the Dental Decontamination Sub Group  which was established to look at the specific issues faced by GDPs and is chaired by the Chief Dental Officer.

In addition to the answers currently provided a further group of  questions are currently being addressed and these will be made available in due course.

If your query is not addressed by these answers, you can email questions to