​The Professional Performance Committee

The Professional Performance Committee (PPC), a statutory Committee of the Council, is one of three Practice Committees. The Committee considers allegations where it appears that a dental professional’s performance is deficient and if this deficiency amounts to an impairment of their fitness to practise.
After consideration of the allegations referred to it the PPC may:

  • Conclude that the registrant’s fitness to practise is not impaired and close the case;

  • Issue a reprimand;

  • Impose conditions for up to 36 months (with a review) (immediate conditions can be applied if required);

  • Suspend the registrant for up to 12 months (with or without a review) (immediate suspension can be applied if required); or

  • Erase the registrant from the Register.

The PPC may also refer the case back to the Case Examiners, Investigating Committee, to any other Practice Committee or to the Interim Orders Committee.

If the PPC finds that a registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of deficient professional performance it must revoke any interim order currently in place.

In the interests of public accountability, hearings before the PPC are generally open to the public. They may, however, be heard in private where the interests of the parties or the protection of the personal life of the registrant so requires, or if the Committee considers that publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.
Membership of the PPC is drawn from the fitness to practise panellists who are both dental professionals and lay members.
The rules governing the procedure of the PPC are the General Dental Council (Fitness to Practice) Rules Order of Council 2006.
The current guidance in use Guidance for the Practice Committees - including Sanctions Guidance (328.9 KB, PDF).

Related content

Contact GDC

+44 (0) 20 7167 6000

37 Wimpole Street

London W1G 8DQ


Secure area for dental professionals