In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that a tongue tie release should only be performed by an appropriately trained registered health care professional (IPG 149. Division of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) for breastfeeding. December 2005)
The ABM, therefore, strongly advises parents of tongue tied babies who are seeking treatment to release the tie to ensure that anyone purporting to provide a tongue tie release service is an appropriately trained and registered* health care professional.
* i.e. a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Health Visitor, Doctor or Dentist.
The following organisations are responsible for the registration of health professionals. Only health professionals registered with these bodies are allowed to practise in the UK:
Nursing and Midwifery Council: The NMC regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Island. This means that they set standards for nurses and midwives to meet in their working lives. Nurses and midwives have a code of conduct that they must stick to, that states how they must work and behave.
General Medical Council: The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Their purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
General Dental Council: The GDM regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with them to work in the UK.