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The Committees

The Council has a number of both statutory and non- statutory committees with various roles and responsibilities. 

Statutory Committees

A number of functions are carried out by Statutory Committees. These Committees are established by the Dentists Act 1984. They are also set out in the  GDC Constitution of Committees Rules 2009.

The Statutory Committees are:

Appointments Committee

The Appointments Committee (otherwise known as Statutory Panellists Assurance Committee) was established to recruit and oversee the appointment of members to the GDC’s Statutory Committees and is an independent Committee of Council.

Non -statutory Standing Committees

A Standing Committee is a committee which is not enshrined in the Dentists Act but is a Committee of the Council populated by Council members. The Council has relative freedom in determining its own Standing Committees sometimes with the support of an independent member. The framework for the delegation of powers to the Standing Committees is set out in Standing Orders.

The Council of the GDC is assisted by the following non-statutory Standing Committees, to whom it delegates work. Terms of Reference setting out each committee’s role can be found on the individual committee pages.

Working groups and boards

The Council can set up temporary working groups and boards to assist with aspects of its work.