What we do

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of around 114,000 members of the dental team.

Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in the dental professions. 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 Corporate Strategy 2024-2026
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The registers

The registers

We have a legal duty to publish our registers and we do this by providing a complete copy online. It is provided free of charge and anyone can search the register.

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Illegal practice

Illegal practice

It is a criminal offence for a person who is not a registered dentist or a registered dental care professional to practise dentistry.

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Fitness to practise

Fitness to practise

If there are concerns about a dental professional’s conduct or competence that are so great as to put patients at serious risk, or seriously damage public confidence we will investigate.

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We use a range of research and consultation methods to produce robust evidence and to reach as wide and diverse audience as possible.

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Consultations and responses

Details of any consultations that we are currently running, consultation outcomes, details of closed consultations, and our consultation responses.

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Working with dental professionals

We work with practising dental professionals across many areas of our work to ensure decisions are taken with the benefit of professional expertise.

How we work with dental professionals

Easy read publications

Easy read guides with useful information for anyone who finds reading hard.

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Dental Leadership Network

An exclusive gathering of dental professionals passionate about advancing the field of dentistry and making a positive impact.

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