General Dental Council News

10 January 2019

General Dental Council publishes CPD literature review research

As part of Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation, the General Dental Council (GDC) made a commitment to develop a model of CPD which encourages and enables dental professionals to take ownership of CPD planning, development and innovation. Today, they took the next step in delivering on this commitment by publishing a systematic literature review on CPD. The new research was commissioned to ensure the GDC’s proposals to further develop CPD systems and regulation are evidence-based, innovative and fit for the future. – read more 

12 December 2018

General Dental Council changes approach to setting fees

In Shifting the balance, the General Dental Council (GDC) said it wanted to develop a new approach to setting fees, which would better explain how and why funds were used, be clearer about how costs were allocated and provide more certainty about the level of fee dental professionals could expect to pay. – read more

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 


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