General Dental Council News

11 August 2017

GDC Publishes Conflicts of Interest Case Study

The General Dental Council has joined eight other regulators in signing a joint statement following the NHS’ publication​ of guidance on how to manage conflicts of interest. The General Dental Council and General Chiropractic Council have released a case study titled: Conflicts of interest: Competing interests and incentives, as part of this joint regulator work.

The regulators’ statement sets out the expectations of health and care professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all areas. It also includes advice on putting the interests of people in their care before their own, maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries and being open about any conflict as early as possible.

As well as the GDC, the joint statement has been signed by the following organisations:

– General Chiropractic Council
– General Medical Council
– General Optical Council
– General Osteopathic Council
– General Pharmaceutical Council
– Health and Care Professions Council
– Nursing and Midwifery Council
– Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

“Joint statement from the Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals

Conflicts of Interest

This joint statement on ‘conflicts of interest’ sets out our expectations of health and care professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all healthcare settings. It is intended to support the standards or code for each profession and any additional guidance they may have. These professional standards, codes and additional guidance should be the over-riding consideration for professionals. We believe that given the increasing move towards multi-disciplinary teams, there is great value in working together for a consistent approach.

We will promote this joint statement to our registrants, students, and to the public, to ensure they all know what we expect. We will support this with case studies to illustrate the principles of the statement, and show how these issues might arise in different settings. We will encourage all registrants to reflect on their own learning and continuing professional development needs regarding conflicts of interest.

Handling conflicts of interest

Conflicts can arise in situations where someone’s judgement may be influenced, or perceived to be influenced, by a personal, financial or other interest.

We expect health and social care professionals[1] to:

  • Put the interests of people in their care before their own interests, or those of any colleague, business, organisation, close family member or friend.
  • Maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries with the people they provide care to and with others.
  • Consider carefully where conflicts of interest may arise – or be perceived to arise – and seek advice if they are unsure how to handle this.
  • Be open about any conflict of interest they face, declaring it formally when appropriate and as early as possible, in line with the policies of their employer or the organisation contracting their services.
  • Ensure their professional judgement is not compromised by personal, financial or commercial interests, incentives, targets or similar measures.
  • Refuse all but the most trivial gifts, favours or hospitality if accepting them could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment or would contravene your professional code of practice.
  • Where appropriate, ensure that patients have access to visible and easy-to-understand information on any fees and charging policies for which you are responsible.

[1] ‘Health and care professionals’ refers to those individuals regulated by one of the nine regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. Social workers are separately regulated in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

The Joint Statement and the Case Study are available here.

11 July 2017

General Dental Council Annual Report and Accounts

I am pleased to share the GDC’s 2016 annual report and accounts, which has been published today.  – read more

11 July 2017

Planning for reform of dental regulation in a period of uncertainty: GDC publishes its annual report for 2016

The annual report gives details of achievements and activities in 2016 and the GDC’s ambitions for the coming years as it continues with the second year of a three-year roadmap and presses ahead with improvements to dental regulation set out in Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation. – read more

29 June 2017

Enhanced Continuing Professional Development rules are sealed for approval

The enhanced CPD scheme is designed to support dental professionals gain maximum benefit from CPD activities. The scheme encourages… – read more

23 June 2017

New requirements for continuing professional development

Changes to continuing professional development – “Enhanced CPD or ECPD” – have been agreed by the General Dental Council (GDC) and will come into force in 2018.

These changes herald the introduction of a personal development plan for each member of the dental team. – read more

30 March 2017

GDC seeking two new dental professional members

The GDC is searching for two new dental professional members and four new lay members – the deadline for applications is 5 April 2017.

“The General Dental Council is an organisation going through change – and each Council member will be instrumental in its strategic direction.  Key to this strategy will be the organisation’s commitment to Shifting the balance a better, fairer system of dental regulation – the non-legislative regulatory reform programme, set to modernise dental regulation in order to enhance patient protection and public confidence in dental services.

We’re looking for individuals with experience of supporting confidence in public services, the capacity to understand the organisational and business issues facing the GDC, and experience of providing strategic input to an organisation.  The GDC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and values diversity of culture among our Council members. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals. We will seek to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.​

A full information pack and details of how to apply are available on the Saxton Bampfylde website.”

14 November 2016

GDC meets majority of regulation standards following review

The most recent review of the General Dental Council (GDC) by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has demonstrated a significant improvement against the Standards of Good Regulation. In its 2016 annual review of the GDC it found that we were meeting 21 of the 24 standards, up from the 15 we met in the 2015 review.

The PSA assesses performance in the core functions of all professional regulators. Today’s report confirms the GDC is meeting:

  • all four standards for Standards and Guidance;
  • all four standards for Education and Training;
  • all six standards for Registration; and
  • seven of the 10 Fitness to Practise standards, up from two in last year’s review

Commenting on the PSA report, Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the General Dental Council (GDC) said: “We have invested significant effort in improving our performance against the standards of good regulation, and that effort is paying off.

“Once again, we have met all the requirements in Standards and Guidance, and Education and Training, and we are now meeting all those for Registration.

“We know that our performance in fitness to practise has struggled in the face of enormous increases in caseload in recent years and we’ve worked very hard to turn that around. And we know there is still much work to be done.

“But if the system of dental regulation is really going to protect patients effectively, be fair to registrants and be cost effective we know that it needs fundamental reform based on strong partnerships and collaboration by all involved, including the profession itself. We can’t count on or wait for legislation to do it all for us.

“We cannot do this alone, and we will be shortly outlining proposals which will set out in detail the further improvements we want to make through our programme of regulatory reform, working with our partners, the profession and patients.”


From 1 August 2008, all dental nurses working in the United Kingdom must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). Anyone working as a dental nurse who is not registered with the GDC is working illegally and may be liable to prosecution. Other members of the dental team who employ, or work with, unregistered dental nurses may also be disciplined by the GDC and their own registration may be at risk.

Student dental nurses on an accredited training course are not required to register with the GDC until after qualification, and may only work under supervision of another registrant.

To register with the GDC, click here

In order to find out if you are eligible for registration with the GDC, click here

If you are already registered and wish to update your details on the GDC Register, click here  (remember to contact BADN with the change as well! Contact

If you were previously registered with the GDC and your registration lapsed for any reason, you will have to apply for restoration to the Register in order to be able to work again as a dental nurse in the UK.  For information on restoration to the Register, click here

For information on the Annual Retention Fee, click here   and to set up a Direct Debit to pay your ARF, click here

To log into your e-GDC account, click here

For information on dental nurse qualifications which are approved for registration, click here

For information on dental nurses “in training” (ie student dental nurses), click here

For information on the CPD requirements, click here

For information on Standards for Dental Professionals, click here

For information on Scope of Practice, click here

For information on Fitness to Practise, click here

For GDC latest news and press releases, click here

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