General Dental Council News

11 July 2018

2019 ARF to remain unchanged in the face of internal and external risk

The General Dental Council (GDC) announced today that the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) will remain unchanged for 2019. In reaching the decision, the regulator weighed the complex picture of external risk it faces at a time when significant investment is being made for long-term improvement and concluded the time is not right to make the reduction it had hoped to. – read more

23 March 2018


The General Dental Council is currently recruiting a new Council member. Due to the Council’s current composition and the statutory requirement to have a mix of dental professional and lay members from across the four nations, this vacancy is for a dental professional who lives or works, wholly or mainly, in Scotland. The appointment will be from 1 October 2018.

Information on the role and the application form can be found on the GDC website at:

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 13 April 2018.

13 March 2018

The first issue of the GDC’s Research Digest

The GDC’s  Research Digest provides a summary of key reports and papers to keep you up to date on developments in dental care, standards and regulation. The publication will be published on the GDC website twice a year – the first issue is available here:

Click here for Digital Research Digest Report

If you have any feedback on the Research Digest please email

28 February 2018

Dental regulator launches consultation proposing changes to the way it quality assures education and training

A consultation, launched today by the General Dental Council (GDC), is proposing changes to the way it quality assures education and training leading to registration for dental professionals. The dental regulator is seeking to use its resources more efficiently, supporting education and training providers to drive improvements in dental education. – read more

20 February 2018

GDC launches consultation on new approach to setting fees

A consultation was launched today by the General Dental Council (GDC) on a proposed new policy which defines a different approach to setting fees. – read more

3 January 2018

Update on enhanced Continuing Professional Development

Since the original publication of the ECPD guidance for dental professionals, it has come to the GDC’s attention that there was an inconsistency in regard to the requirements for restoration between the rules and the published guidance. – read more

1 January 2018

New model of CPD comes into force for UK dentists

The UK’s dental professional regulator, the General Dental Council (GDC), launched its new model of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) today. Enhanced CPD (ECPD) is the first step of a long-term plan of reform, moving to a system focussed on quality rather than quantity.  – read more

13 December 2017

Shifting the balance: consultation responses and next steps

The UK’s regulator of dental professionals, the General Dental Council (GDC), published Shifting the balance: The GDC’s response to your views and next steps today, marking a significant milestone in its strategy to reform dental regulation. – read more

11 December 2017


“I can confirm that given the national shortage of the Hep B vaccine, the GDC would not seek to impose any restrictions on those who have been unable to get the vaccine, this means that employers could take on new staff who have not been vaccinated as long as they are not currently infected.

If the staff member has had the testing to show they are not currently infectious/ a carrier of the disease, then they are not posing a risk to patients. However the risk remains for the staff member themselves of contracting the disease if they have not had the vaccine. This risk should be considered by both employer and employee, and it is their decision as to whether or not the individual accepts this risk.  It would be helpful to contact occupational health teams for further advice and guidance during this national shortage.

Under normal circumstances, as per standard 1.5.2 of the standards for the dental team, all dental professionals must have all necessary vaccinations and follow guidance relating to blood-borne viruses. As you may be aware, the Department of Health sets the protocols for vaccinations for health professionals, rather than the GDC, and so we usually direct enquirers to the Department of Health’s document here –

24 November 2017

Enhanced CPD

The GDC has  produced guidance for CPD providers and registrants, outlining the new requirements, which commence on 1 January 2018 for dentists and 1 August 2018 for DCPs. – read more

12 October 2017

The General Dental Council publishes a suite of support materials for Enhanced CPD

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published a series of guidance documents and templates for dental professionals, ahead of the launch of enhanced continued professional development (ECPD) next year. – read more



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