02 July 2021
The Care Quality Commission has issued a statement clarifying the registration requirements for direct-to-consumer orthodontic services, also referred to as online or remote orthodontics.
The CQC states that it considers “orthodontic treatments provided to patients following an intra oral scan or when a patient has taken impressions themselves to be regulated activity”, as is the case with treatment planning and diagnosis associated with aligners.
These treatments come under the regulated activities of “Treatment of disease, disorder or injury” and “Diagnostic and screening procedures” under Schedule 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
Providers of such activities must register with the CQC. Failing to do so is an offence under Section 10 of the Health and Social Care Act.