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The GDC was established in 1956 to set and maintain standards in UK dentistry.

In this section you can find out about who we regulate and our statutory functions, and read our 2020 - 2022 corporate strategy - Right time Right place Right touch.

Right time Right place Right touch
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The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of around 112,000 members of the dental team, including approximately 42,000 dentists and 70,000 dental care professionals. Our primary purpose is to protect public safety and maintain public confidence in dental services.

To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education. Our powers to fulfil this work are established by The Dentists Act 1984.

Who we regulate

Who we regulate

We are the organisation which regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the United Kingdom.

More about who we regulate
Governance

Governance

The role and responsibilities of Council and its committees, and the legal framework that governs its work.

More about Governance
Regulatory reform

Regulatory reform

Details of the Department of Health and Social Care's consultation on regulatory reform and our response.

More about regulatory reform
Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Our strategic EDI objectives aim to help us be a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion inside our organisation, with the sector we regulate and with the public.

More about EDI
Right time Right place Right touch

Right time Right place Right touch

Our approach to strategy development aims to make the relationship between our regulatory activity and the fees we charge more visible.

More about our corporate strategy
Annual report and accounts

Annual report and accounts

Our annual reports show the progress we've made and full financial statements for the previous year.

Read our annual reports
Facts and figures

Facts and figures

We regularly produce facts and figures about our work and organisation.

More facts and figures
Who we work with

Who we work with

We engage with a variety of organisations, regulators and bodies representing patient care and healthcare professionals.

More about who we work with