Who we are

The General Dental Council consists of a number of committees and boards that have been created to support the Council.


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The Council

The Council

The Council is the GDC's strategic body. It decides policy, sets strategic direction and approves key organisational changes.

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A number of functions are carried out by Statutory Committees. These Committees are established by the Dentists Act 1984.

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The Executive Team

The Executive Team

​The Council is supported by the Executive Leadership Team.

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Fitness to Practise panel

​Membership of the GDC's Statutory Committees which make decisions on dental professionals' fitness to practise is drawn from an independent pool of dental professionals and lay people called the Fitness to Practise Panel.

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Fitness to practise decisions - scrutiny and quality assurance

The GDC has a robust dual system of scrutiny and quality assurance for decisions leading to case outcome in fitness to practise cases.

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Case examiners

Case examiners are appointed GDC staff members with a statutory duty to make decisions. Case examiners take over the case after casework have looked into the concern and referred the matter for more in-depth consideration.

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