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General Dental Council

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The General Dental Council (“GDC”) is the statutory regulator for dentists and other dental professionals in the UK, including dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists. The GDC maintains the Dentists Register and the Dental Care Professionals Register, together with various Specialist Lists, which are all available to the public.

The GDC is governed by the Dentists Act 1984 and focuses on promoting high standards in dentistry education and in regulating professional performance and conduct amongst registrants.

When investigating dentists and dental professionals the GDC acts on complaints that it receives from patients, members of the public or other dentists or dental professionals, together with information it receives from bodies such as the police or the NHS. The GDC considers information which suggests that a dentist or dental professional’s fitness to practise is impaired due to health, conduct, convictions/cautions and/or performance.

The GDC operate their fitness to practise division with the following statutory committees:

• Investigating Committee;
• Interim Orders Committee;
• Professional Performance Committee;
• Professional Conduct Committee;
• Health Committee; and
• Registration Appeals Committee.

Our dental defence lawyers are experienced in defending dentists and dental professionals who face fitness to practise investigations before the GDC and in advising on registration issues.

General Dental Council Legal Information

To find out more about the GDC use the menu above or the following links:

GDC Registration
GDC Investigations
GDC Interim Orders
GDC Fitness to Practise Hearings
GDC Appeals
GDC Restoration Applications

or, if you have a specific problem with which you require assistance from a reputable dentist defence lawyer, contact the MedicAssistanceScheme by calling us on 084 4804 4805, by email on or by requesting a call back using the link to the right of this page.