Legal framework
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A framework of legislation and rules governs how the Council does its work.

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European Law

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 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 website):-

Constitution of Council and Committees  

Continuing Professional Development 

Professions complementary to dentistry

Registration Appeals

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:-

Dentists Register

Dental Care Professionals Register

Specialist Lists

Delegation of Functions




Accounts Determination


Standing Orders

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:-