Our organisation

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


Who we regulate

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

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

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Statutory functions

The work of the General Dental Council (GDC) is defined and governed by the Dentists Act 1984.

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Corporate strategy

Our corporate strategy sets our direction over the coming years.

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Our governance framework shapes how we work.

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Who we work with

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

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Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

We want to be sure that our policies and ways of working are fair to all individuals and groups.

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Facts and figures

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

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