A framework of legislation and rules governs how the Council does its work.
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The main European legislation affecting the General Dental Council and dental regulation is Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, which has been transposed into UK legislation by the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007 and the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2007 . A consolidated version of the Directive is available on the EUROPA website.
The Dentists Act 1984 and Statutory Instruments
The General Dental Council is a statutory corporation; its powers and duties are set out in the Dentists Act 1984, which consolidated the earlier Dentists Acts 1957 to 1983. The Dentists Act 1984, which can be viewed here on the legislation.gov.uk website, has been amended several times since it came into force.
The GDC is also governed by the following Statutory Instruments (which can be viewed in their original form on the legislation.gov.uk website):-
Constitution of Council and Committees
Continuing Professional Development
Professions complementary to dentistry
Fitness to Practise
Overseas Registration Exam
Other Rules and Regulations
The GDC has certain powers under the Act to make rules and regulations that are not required to be approved by the Privy Council. The GDC’s current rules and regulations are:-
Dental Care Professionals Register
Delegation of Functions
The General Dental Council regulates its own procedures and the procedures of its committees and sub-committees by standing orders. The Council’s current standing orders are:-