​What do the terms on the online registers mean?

​Registered


This means that someone is registered with us. By law, professionals who provide dental care must be registered with us in order to work in the UK.

Registered with warning


If we have received a complaint about a dental professional and it is decided by the Investigating Committee that it does not require a full public hearing, a warning can be issued to a dental professional regarding future conduct, performance and practice. The registrant remains fit to practise with no restrictions.

For more information on a particular dental professional's warning, please contact us.

Registered with reprimand


A dental professional can be given a reprimand after a full public hearing. It is a statement of the committee's disapproval, but the registrant remains fit to practise with no restrictions.

Registered with conditions


A dental professional's registration can be made subject to conditions in two situations, which are explained below. If the dental professional breaches the conditions, we can take further action.
 
1. If a complaint about a dental professional has been received and it is decided that it requires immediate action because his or her fitness to practise might be impaired, we can impose a temporary measure to protect the public during the period until a full hearing can take place. A dental professional can be registered with conditions by our Interim Orders Committee until a full hearing is listed and whilst the allegations are investigated. All orders for interim conditional registration are reviewed every 6 months or sooner if needed, up to a maximum of 18 months or longer, if agreed by the High Court.

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2. if a dental professional's fitness to practise is found to be impaired after a full GDC Practice Committee hearing he or she can be registered with conditions for up to 36 months. This means that the dental professional must comply with conditions for the given period and after that time, be able to demonstrate that he or she is fit to practise unrestricted.

Registration suspended


A dental professional's registration can be suspended in two situations, which are explained below. If the dental professional breaches the suspension, the GDC can take further action if illegal practice if found to have taken place.
 
1. If a complaint about a dental professional has been received and it is decided that it requires immediate action, we can impose a temporary measure to protect the public during the period until a full hearing can take place. The dental care professional can be suspended from the register - and stopped from practising - by our Interim Order Committee until a full hearing is listed and whilst the allegations are investigated. All orders for interim suspension of registration are reviewed every 6 months or sooner if needed, up to a maximum of 18 months, or longer if agreed by the High Court.
 
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2. where a dental professional's fitness to practise has been found to be impaired (either due to their performance, conduct or health), after a full hearing, his or her registration can be suspended for any period considered appropriate, and for up to 12 months. This means he or she cannot practise dentistry during this time. The suspension can be extended for a further 12 months if necessary and in certain cases indefinitely.

Erased


This is the most serious sanction that can be imposed if a dental professional's fitness to practise has been found impaired (either due to their performance or conduct). This means that the registrant's name is removed from the Register and they can no longer work in dentistry in the UK.

More information


For further guidance about Fitness to Practise hearings and sanctions, please see the Hearings page on the website.
 
For more information on a particular dental professional’s registration status or conditions, you can either:

  • visit the hearings' pages of our website, which detail the recent determinations of the GDC’s Professional Conduct, Performance and Health Committees, or


Find out more about the Council’s fitness to practise procedures.


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