According to the BBC, items ranged from ?drills to x-rays? and ?were counterfeit copies of major brands or sub-standard with fake documentation.?
Clinicians who had purchased the tools saw ?CE? marked on the item, a denotation that means the item has met the European safety requirements. The letters in this case turned out to represent ?Chinese export.? Clinicians who purchased the tools knowing that they were counterfeit could be prosecuted.
"We don't need to stretch your imagination too far to think if you've got a high-speed drill, operating at 30,000 revs per minute in close proximity to your teeth, and the end falls off, it's going to do some pretty serious damage inside your mouth," Danny Lee-Frost, a member of the MHRA enforcement team said.
Though clinicians can find deals on websites like eBay and Amazon, the doctors need to be careful what they?re buying to avoid these fake items.
"A dental turbine, which most people would know as a drill, was being sold online for £70,? Sonia Tracey, a dental manufacturer W&H UK said. ?There is no way you can buy a good quality product at £70 - you would be looking at a £300 to £600 difference."