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Industry Reference Group — VIC Dental Chair Installation

What businesses like about the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is the fact that we bring members together in order to share ideas and work towards common goals. That is what the ADIA Reference Group - VIC Dental Chair Installation is all about, allowing member businesses to have a say and help ensure that the regulatory standards for dental chair installation are practical.

Reference Group Overview —

The ADIA Reference Group - VIC Dental Chair Installation was formed to seek the input of member businesses on what ADIA's advice to government should be concerning the Victorian Government's regulatory standards for dental chair installation.

Reference Group Functions —

The primary function of the reference group is to allow members to provide expert advice on the issues raised within ADIA's representations to the Victorian Government on the technical aspects of regulatory standards (particularly those pertaining to electrical components) associated with dental chair installation. This strengthens ADIA's advocacy efforts on behalf of the dental industry as it ensures government has considered the technical expertise and practical knowledge that can only be offered by product manufacturers and installers.

Issues For The Industry —

Dental chairs are manufactured to comply with a myriad of Australian and international standards for product safety, design, installation and performance. The outcome is that when installed in accordance with these standards and manufacturer's specifications, both dental professionals and patients can have absolute confidence in the safety of a dental chair from an electrical standpoint.

Notwithstanding the current standards that exist for dental chair installation, the Victorian Government has placed additional requirements on dental chair installation, this being inspection by an "M Class" electrical inspector.

The regulator, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), has stated that Victorian Government requirements reflect a risk-based approach to regulation making; however, despite requests to provide data that suggests an inspection is required the regulator has been unable to forward this information that is thought not to exist.

On the basis of information provided to ADIA, it appears that the ESV regulatory requirement for dental chair installations to be inspected is an excessive requirement that serves only to create additional red tape and compliance costs for business.

Policy Objectives —

The ADIA Reference Group - VIC Dental Chair Installation is working to achieve reforms that remove the requirement for inspection of dental chair installation when such equipment has been designed, manufactured and installed with the prevailing standards.

External Stakeholder Engagement —

Energy Safe Victoria (Victorian Government)

Reference Group Membership —

Any ADIA member business that manufactures or supplies dental chairs can nominate individuals to be part of this reference group. To do so, simply complete and return the form below:

ADIA VIC Dental Chair Installation Reference Group - Membership application [PDF]

At the discretion of the ADIA Board other members may be invited to participate in the work of the reference Group.

Reference Group Meeting Dates —

Keep an eye out for 2019 dates.

The ADIA Reference Group - VIC Dental Chair Installation typically conducts most of its business via email and there are a small number of short teleconferences to report on the progress that's being made to secure reforms that will reduce the red tape associated with installing dental chairs. The time commitment is not great and is typically an hour every month or so.

If your business manufactures or supplies dental chairs and wants to have a say on how legislation affects your business, be sure to get involved. It is your chance to build a network of contacts of people with a similar interest and to get in and make a difference.

Further Information —

Keep up to date with the issues associated with the dental chair installation in Victoria be sure to follow ADIA on Facebook at and subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental. Alternatively, please feel free to send an email to or telephone 1300 943 094.

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