The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of just over 100,000 members of the dental team, including approximately 40,000 dentists and 60,000 dental care professionals. Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards of dental practice, investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.
The Dentists Act 1984 provides the legislative framework for our work. It currently gives us powers to:
grant registration only to those dental professionals who meet our requirements on education and training, health and good character. Only those who are registered with us can practise dentistry in the UK
set standards for providers of dental education and training in the UK
set standards of conduct, performance and ethics for the dental team
investigate complaints against dental professionals and where appropriate take action through our fitness to practise process
require dental professionals to keep their skills up to date through our continuing professional development requirements.