Dentists qualified in the EEA

Registration as a dentist for those who are exempt persons, with a scheduled qualification from an EEA member state

The information on this page is only relevant to you if:

  • you have never been registered with the GDC before, and
  • you are an exempt person who has a dental qualification from an EEA Member State.
  • The EEA member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK. For the purposes of registration with the GDC, Switzerland is treated as an EEA Member State.

How do I apply?

Please begin by reading the following document to confirm you are eligible to apply for registration as a dentist under this route and for further information regarding the required documentation:

Guidance notes for EEA-qualified dentists (124.4 KB, PDF)


Please read the following document to regarding Exempt Person Status:

Guidance on Exempt Person status (72.3 KB, PDF) 


You can apply for registration online via eGDC by selecting 'Apply to register'.

Please note, you will be asked to complete the route to registration questionnaire. 
Following completion of the online application process, you will be issued with a personalised application form to download, print, sign and submit along with your supporting documents.  Submitting an online application form could reduce the time it take to process your application. 

Alternatively, please print and complete the following application form:

Dentist Registration Form (EU EEA Switzerland) (168.3 KB, PDF)

Please read the following guidance about the Health self-certification:

Health self-certification guidance (281.3 KB, PDF) 

Country of qualification specific guidance:

Please refer to the following country of qualification specific guidance in addition to the information listed above.

Guidance for dentists qualified in Austria (87.3 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Belgium (85.9 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Bulgaria (134.3 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Croatia (126.5 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Cyprus (131.7 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in the Czech Republic (128.2 KB, PDF) 

Guidance for dentists qualified in Denmark (393.7 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Estonia (399.4 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Finland (83.6 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in France (86 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Germany (374.1 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Greece (130.2 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Hungary (85.5 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Iceland (85.6 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Ireland (85.6 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Italy (88.4 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Latvia (154 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Liechtenstein (85.7 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Lithuania (426 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Luxembourg (85.7 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Malta (124.1 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in the Netherlands (85.7 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Norway (85.9 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Poland (395.8 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Portugal (396.5 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Romania (125.8 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Slovakia (395.3 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Slovenia (401.2 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Spain (423.9 KB, PDF)

Guidance for dentists qualified in Sweden (393.7 KB, PDF) 

Guidance for dentists qualified in Switzerland (85.3 KB, PDF) 

 

Where do I send my application?

Once your application is complete, please send with relevant documents to:

The Registration Team - New Applications
General Dental Council
43-45 Portman Square
London
W1H 6HN


How long will it take?


The GDC has a statutory maximum of 12 weeks from receipt of a completed application to register a dentist. Please ensure you have completed the form correctly and that you have included all requested documents, as incomplete forms will take longer to process and may be returned to you. 

You will be sent an automated acknowledging the receipt of your application within 10-15 days of receiving your application.

You will then be contacted within 4 weeks once your application has been processed, either to request payment if your application is considered complete, or to request further information in order to consider your application as complete. 

If you are an applicant from the European Economic Area (EEA) and your qualifications and training meet the requirements for 'automatic recognition' as set out in the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications but we do not have sufficient evidence of your knowledge of English on the basis of your initial application, we will recognise your qualification and write to you informing you of this.  We will then ask you to provide evidence that you have the necessary knowledge of English before we register you.  

You are advised to provide all necessary supporting documentation with your application to prevent any delay in the processing your application. Please ensure that all supporting documentation is provided, copies of documents are certified according to the GDC's standards and any documents not in English are translated according to the GDC's standards.

Please refer to the guidance documents and FAQ on this page for more information on our application requirements and processes.

When will I need to make payment for registration?

Please refer to the information regarding Registration fees for details.

What happens next?

Please remember it is illegal to practise dentistry in the UK before a registration number is issued.

Once you are registered, an original registration certificate will be sent to your address. You may also search the online Register to see if you have been registered, as this will be updated before you receive your certificate.

Your name, qualification(s) and registration number will appear in the Register once you are registered.

Please ensure you are familiar with what is expected of you as a GDC registrant.

Dental professionals are required to be familiar with the GDC Standards Guidance.

Once registered, you must have professional Indemnity to practise in the UK. Please remember that it is illegal to practise dentistry until you have registered and been issued with a GDC registration number.


EC IMI System


Please note that the General Dental Council may use the EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system to verify any information or documents EEA qualified dental professionals submit during the course of an application for registration. The General Dental Council may also respond to requests from other European Member States’ competent authorities submitted via the IMI system in relation to the recognition of professional qualifications and establishment in other Member States.

The EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system is a multilingual electronic tool that allows national authorities to communicate and share information quickly, easily and securely with other Member States.  Individuals have the right to access information that has been transmitted via the IMI system, have inaccurate or incomplete data corrected and/or have unlawfully processed data deleted.  Guidance on how to request information is available here.

If you would like to find out more about the EC IMI system, please visit the IMI website.

Contact GDC

+44 (0) 20 7167 6000

37 Wimpole Street

London W1G 8DQ

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