Voluntary removal is the
process by which a registered dental professional can apply to have their
details removed from the GDC Register. You may wish to apply for voluntary
removal if you have ceased practising or if you are considering retiring.
Applying for voluntary removal?
If you would like to be
removed from the Register and are not subject to fitness to practise proceedings,
contact the GDC’s Registration team at [email protected].
If you are subject to ongoing
fitness to practise proceedings, you should make your GDC case contact aware
that you want to submit an application for Voluntary removal. This may be
submitted at any time. The application will then be referred to the Registrar
or person with delegated authority for consideration.
The voluntary removal process for registrants with ongoing
In order to request voluntary
removal, you will be required to complete and return the “Fitness to Practise –
Voluntary Removal Statutory Declaration” to the case owner at the GDC. This
declaration, confirms that you have ceased to practise and do not intend to
practise in the future. You will also be required to provide any supporting
Prior to your application
being submitted to the Registrar for a decision, you will be asked to confirm
whether you admit the allegations against you and whether you accept that your
fitness to practise is impaired.
The GDC will also contact the
informant (if any) to notify them that the application for voluntary removal,
and invite them to submit any comments.
The case owner will then
collate all the information for the Registrar to consider. This information
will ordinarily be shared with you in full, prior to the application being
considered by the Registrar.
The Registrar will review the
available information and will decide whether to grant voluntary removal. The
Registrar will prepare a written decision which will include the reasons for
the decision and the matters taken into account in reaching it. Along with
yourself, the informant and any employers or contracting bodies will be
informed in writing of the Registrar’s decision.
When considering whether to
allow voluntary removal, the Registrar must be satisfied in all the
circumstances that it is right to do so. In making that assessment, the
Registrar will balance the interests of the public and the interests of the
registrant. Refer to the GDCs “Guidance on the consideration for voluntary removal applications.pdf” for details on the factors that will be taken into
account by the Registrar.