The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) is an initiative of the National Dental Advisory Committee (NDAC) and part of the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream within NHS Education for Scotland’s (NES’s) Dental Directorate. SDCEP provides user-friendly, evidence-based guidance to support dental teams to provide high quality healthcare that is safe, effective and person centred.

For evidence-based guidance development, SDCEP collaborates with the Cochrane Oral Health Group. To develop and test interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice, SDCEP works in partnership with the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration, the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN) and NES’s Quality Improvement in Practice Team (QIiPT).

Please browse our site to learn more about SDCEP, how we work and the guidance we have published or that is in development.


  • MRONJ Consultation Now Closed

    The consultation on draft guidance Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic Drugs is now closed.

    Thank you to all who provided feedback.
  • Dental Prescribing Android App

    The Dental Prescribing app is now available for use on Android smartphones and tablets.

    The app provides mobile access to the latest dentally relevant information to facilitate drug prescribing within primary care dental practice.

  • NICE Accreditation

    NICE has accredited the process used by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme to produce Dental Clinical Guidance. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 15 March 2016 and is retrospectively applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Guidance Development Process Manual (2015).
  • Drug Prescribing For Dentistry

    SDCEP has published updated guidance (January 2016) on drug prescribing in primary care dental practice. Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • Decontamination Into Practice

    SDCEP's decontamination guidance was reviewed in January 2016 and remains unchanged and extant.
  • Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs

    SDCEP has published new guidance (August 2015) to assist dental practitioners in the management of treatment for patients who are taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs. A webinar about the guidance is also available to view. Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • Information for Patients

    SDCEP recognises the unique contribution that patient views can make to the guidance development process. Follow the link to find out more about how patients can become involved in the development of SDCEP guidance.
  • Practice Support Manual

    The Practice Support Manual (PSM) is a website developed by SDCEP to support dental practice management. The PSM aims to help dental teams keep up to date with legislation and professional regulations and prepare successfully for practice inspection.

Latest Scottish Dental News

The Dental Workforce in Scotland 2016

5th October 2016

The 2016 dental workforce report is the latest in a series of biennial dental workforce reports that aim to inform workforce planning for dental services in Scotland and has been supported by NHS NSS and the Health Workforce directorate of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care directorates. The report examines past trends in the… Read More