The Government of Georgia has recently introduced new regulations for dental service providers, focusing on enhancing patient safety and aligning services with contemporary standards. These changes were deliberated during a government session on October 30 and are designed to ensure that dental institutions adhere to stricter operational and safety guidelines.
Under the revised regulations, dental institutions are required to meet updated and more detailed criteria for infection prevention, control, sterilization-disinfection, and medical waste management. To streamline these processes, it is now mandatory for each institution to appoint a designated individual responsible for infection control. Furthermore, dental institutions are obliged to provide their employees with prophylactic immunization against hepatitis B and conduct screening for hepatitis C every six months.
Starting in January 2024, existing dental offices and clinics will be obligated to comply with these new requirements. New dental institutions will only be permitted to commence their operations if they meet these enhanced standards. The overarching goal of these changes is to elevate the quality of care and safety in dental services across Georgia.