Dentists qualified in the EEA

Registration as a dentist for those who are exempt persons, with a scheduled qualification from an EEA member state

The information on this page is only relevant to you if:
  • you have never been registered with the GDC before, and
  • you are an exempt person who has a dental qualification from an EEA Member State.
  • The EEA member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK. For the purposes of registration with the GDC, Switzerland is treated as an EEA Member State.

How do I apply?

Please begin by reading the following document to confirm you are eligible to apply for registration as a dentist under this route and for further information regarding the required documentation: 
 
 Please read the following document to regarding Exempt Person Status:
 
You can apply for registration online via eGDC by selecting 'Apply to register'.
Please note, you will be asked to complete the route to registration questionnaire. 
 
Following completion of the online application process, you will be issued with a personalised application form to download, print, sign and submit along with your supporting documents.  Submitting an online application form could reduce the time it take to process your application. 
 
Alternatively, please print and complete the following application form:
 
 
Please read the following guidance about the Health self-certification:
 
 

Country of qualification specific guidance:

Please refer to the following country of qualification specific guidance in addition to the information listed above.

Guidance for dentists qualified in Austria

Guidance for dentists qualified in Belgium

Guidance for dentists qualified in Bulgaria

Guidance for dentists qualified in Croatia

Guidance for dentists qualified in Cyprus

Guidance for dentists qualified in Czech Republic

Guidance for dentists qualified in Denmark

Guidance for dentists qualified in Estonia

Guidance for dentists qualified in Finland

Guidance for dentists qualified in France

Guidance for dentists qualified in Germany

Guidance for dentists qualified in Greece

Guidance for dentists qualified in Hungary

Guidance for dentists qualified in Iceland

Guidance for dentists qualified in Ireland​

Guidance for dentists qualified in Italy

Guidance for dentists qualified in Latvia

Guidance for dentists qualified in Liechtenstein

Guidance for dentists qualified in Lithuania

Guidance for dentists qualified in Luxembourg

Guidance for dentists qualified in Malta

Guidance for dentists qualified in Netherlands

Guidance for dentists qualified in Norway

Guidance for dentists qualified in Poland

Guidance for dentists qualified in Portugal

Guidance for dentists qualified in Romania

Guidance for dentists qualified in Slovakia

Guidance for dentists qualified in Slovenia

Guidance for dentists qualified in Spain

Guidance for dentists qualified in Sweden

Guidance for dentists qualified in Switzerland


 

Where do I send my application?
Once your application is complete, please send with relevant documents to:
 
The Registration Team - New Applications
General Dental Council
43-45 Portman Square
London
W1H 6HN

 

How long will it take? 

The GDC has a statutory maximum of 12 weeks from receipt of a completed application to register a dentist. Please ensure you have completed the form correctly and that you have included all requested documents, as incomplete forms will take longer to process and may be returned to you. 
 
You will be sent a letter acknowledging the receipt of your application within 10-15 days of receiving your application.
 
You will then be contacted within 6-8 weeks once your application has been processed, either to request payment if your application is considered complete, or to request further information in order to consider your application as complete.  Please allow the maximum processing time during busy periods.
 
You are advised to provide all necessary supporting documentation with your application to prevent any delay in the processing your application. Please ensure that all supporting documentation is provided, copies of documents are certified according to the GDC’s standards and any documents not in English are translated according to the GDC’s standards.
 
Please refer to the guidance documents and FAQ on this page for more information on our application requirements and processes

When will I need to make payment for registration?

Please refer to the information regarding Registration fees for details.

What happens next?

Please remember it is illegal to practise dentistry in the UK before a registration number is issued.
 
Once you are registered, an original registration certificate will be sent to your address. You may also search the online Register to see if you have been registered, as this will be updated before you receive your certificate.
 
Your name, qualification(s), Your name, qualification(s) and registration number will appear in the Register once you are registered.
 
Please ensure you are familiar with what is expected of you as a GDC registrant.
 
Dental professionals are required to be familiar with the GDC Standards Guidance.
 
Once registered, you must have professional Indemnity to practise in the UK. Please remember that it is illegal to practise dentistry until you have registered and been issued with a GDC registration number.
 
EC IMI System
Please note that the General Dental Council may use the EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system to verify any information or documents EEA qualified dental professionals submit during the course of an application for registration. The General Dental Council may also respond to requests from other European Member States’ competent authorities submitted via the IMI system in relation to the recognition of professional qualifications and establishment in other Member States.
 
The EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system is a multilingual electronic tool that allows national authorities to communicate and share information quickly, easily and securely with other Member States.  Individuals have the right to access information that has been transmitted via the IMI system, have inaccurate or incomplete data corrected and/or have unlawfully processed data deleted.  Guidance on how to request information is available here.
 
If you would like to find out more about the EC IMI system, please visit the IMI website.

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