Requesting information about what we do
How to search for information
The GDC publication scheme provides information about the organisation, and includes the definition document which sets out the seven classes of information we make available. This publication scheme, or guide to information, will help you start your search for information available on our website. If you cannot find the information you seek here, or elsewhere on our website, please write to us at the address below.
Information previously released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI)
You can view responses to requests for information disclosed in full or in part since 01 January 2018 on our website.
How to make a request
It may be that information you are interested in is part of our standard business practices. Even if the information is not listed in our guide to information we may be able to assist you more quickly or easily if you contact the relevant team informally.
However, if we are unable to provide the information as part of our normal business process, or if you want to exercise your legal right to access information held by the GDC, you may need to make a Freedom of Information request.
Under that legislation, unless there are any legal exemptions under the Act, applicants have the right to be told whether the GDC holds the information asked for, and, if so, to disclosure of it. Under the Act, you must write or fax in a legible form, give your full name and an address that we can reply to and clearly describe the information you are asking for in one of the following ways:
- Completing the FOI request form.
- Post to Freedom of Information, General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ.
- Fax to +44 (0) 20 3355 1574.
For Freedom of Information requests we will:
- give the information within 20 working days as long as no exemption applies (in which case we will write to you);
- give advice and help, within reason, to identify what you are asking for; and
- reply in the format you have asked for, if reasonably practical, or suggest a suitable alternative.
How to complain
If you are not happy with either our reply, or the way that we have dealt with your information request, you are able to ask that an internal review be carried out. Our target date for responding to internal reviews is 20 working days. Complaints should be addressed to, Principal Legal Adviser, General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8DQ.
If, at the end of the review process, you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, you can write to the Information Commissioner, The Office of the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 6AF.