Dental professionals have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
A primary qualification is only the first step in their education and development which should last throughout their professional life.
We require all registrants to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their registration. This is because we believe CPD makes a contribution to supporting registrants to maintain our Standards and to patient protection.
Anyone intending to restore to the GDC’s registers in the future must also keep doing CPD because they will be required to show evidence of it if they seek to restore.
CPD for dentists and DCPs is defined in law as activity which contributes to their professional development and is relevant to their practice or intended practice.
All registrants (after 1 January 2018 for Dentists and 1 August 2018 for Dental Care Professionals) should read and become familiar with our CPD requirements as set out in the Enhanced CPD guidance for dental professionals (132.2 KB, PDF) in the context of the Standards.