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Dental Technologists Association
Formation 1989
Type professional association
Headquarters Northampton
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom
Official languages English
President Paul Mallett
Key people
  • Stephen Wears
    Vice President

  • Simon Butler

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is a professional body that represents dental technicians in the United Kingdom.



The association was established as the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory Board (DTETAB) in 1989 with Colin Lee as chairman. In 2002 DTETAB became the Dental Technicians Association. The final name change came in 2006 when the association became the Dental Technologists Association. The former secretary of the Orthodontic Technicians Association was elected as the first president of the DTA the same year.


The objectives of the DTA are:

  • To provide an organisation to support the development of the dental technology profession.
  • To encourage and promote education, including continuing professional development (CPD), for dental technicians.
  • To forge links with other bodies and organisations for the benefit of dental technicians and patients.
  • To promote DTA views to government, relevant groups, service providers and the public.
  • To adopt and share best practice enabling dental technology to take a wider participative role in the oral healthcare.
  • To be the forward thinking organisation that advises, develops and supports individual dental technicians.
  • To endeavour to support dental technician members and provide benefits and career opportunities.
  • To maintain and develop the 'job title' and 'function' of dental technicians.
  • To develop and maintain links with other dental technology and Dental Care Professional (DCP) groups as appropriate.
  • To negotiate with appropriate groups on behalf of dental technicians.


The headquarters of the DTA is Waterwells Drive, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AT United Kingdom. The Chief Executive of the association is Sue Adams. She is responsible for the office, administration, support to the sub-committees and provides the first point of contact for members.


The DTA council is the governing body of the association. Some council members are elected and the others are appointed by the specialist dental technology groups. The composition of the council is as follows:

  • Eight directly elected dental technicians
  • Five representatives from the specialist dental technology groups

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