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General Dental Council (GDC)


What is the GDC?


The General Dental Council exists as an independent regulatory body designed to regulate dental professional in order to protect the reputation of the profession and the health and safety of the public. They use The Dentists Act (1984) to inform their practice.


As part of the process of monitoring dental practice, the General Dental Council sets standards and guidelines for all educational and training programmes for those studying to become dental professionals. It is part of their ethics to provide continuous professional development (CPD) tools for all those registered with the General Dental Council. It should be noted that as of 2018, all dental professional registrants will need to prove their participation in CPD every year.


The General Dental Council registers all dental care professionals including technicians, hygienists, nurses, and therapists. They also regulate a selection of specialist areas of dentistry, including:


  • Dental/ Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Dental Public Health (non-clinical)
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Microbiology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry


What can the GDC do if there is an allegation of wrong-doing?


The General Dental Council works with the Dental Complaints Service in order to process any fitness to practice allegations against registrants. This service works to resolve the complaint, which can involve hosting a panel meeting, should no earlier resolution be approved.


Should a dentist not maintain their progress by participating in continuous professional development or a dental practitioner practice without holding a registration with the General Dental Council, they will be penalised for this. To fail to complete CPD every year will invalidate their registration, from 2018 onwards. To practice without a registration is a criminal offence.


How can Duncan Lewis help me if the GDC brings proceedings against me?


Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors keep up-to-date with all professional regulatory authorities and can advise on any registration query, fitness to practice claim and disciplinary proceeding that arises from the General Dental Council.


If you have a professional regulatory query regarding the General Dental Council, contact Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 0409.


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