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Requesting Information

About the Freedom of Information Act​

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came fully into force on 1 January 2005. It was introduced to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities by giving people rights of access to the information authorities hold. These rights should help better public understanding of how authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.

How to search for information 

The GDC publication scheme provides information about the organisation, and includes the definition document which sets out the seven classes of information we make available. This publication scheme, or guide to information, will help you start your search for information available on our website. If you cannot find the information you seek here, or elsewhere on our website, please write to us at the address below.
 

How to make a request

It may be that information you are seeking is part of our standard business practices and even if the information is not listed in our guide to information we may be able to assist you more quickly or easily if you contact the relevant team informally. However if we are unable to provide the information as part of our normal business process, or if you want to exercise your legal right to access information held by the GDC you may need to make a Freedom of Information request. Under that legislation, unless there are any legal exemptions under the Act, applicants have the right to be told whether the GDC holds the information asked for, and, if so, to disclosure of it.​ Under the Act, you must write, email or fax in a legible form, give your name and an address that we can reply to and describe the information you are asking for.
 
You can write by:
  • completing the FOI request form or if you would like to request your own personal information, the Data Protection form
  • post to: Freedom of Information, General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ;
  • fax to: +44 (0) 20 3355 1574.

If you would like to find out how we use the information you give us, please read our privacy statement.

Our reply 

For Freedom of Information requests we will:

  • give the information within 20 working days as long as no exemption applies (in which case we will write to you);
  • give advice and help, within reason, to identify what you are asking for;
  • reply in the format you have asked for, if reasonably practical, or suggest a suitable alternative.

For personal information requests under the Data Protection Act we will:

  • give the information within 40 calendar days as long as the requestor's identity has been confirmed and the request is sufficiently clear;
  • give advice and help, within reason, to identify what you are asking for;
  • reply in the format you have asked for, if reasonably practical, or suggest a suitable alternative.

 How to complain

​If you are not happy with either our reply or the way that we have dealt with your information request you are able to ask that an internal review be carried out. Complaints should be addressed to, Principal Legal Adviser, General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8DQ, or email [email protected].

If, at the end of the review process, you are not satisfied with the response that you receive, you can write to the Information Commissioner, The Office of the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 6AF.

 

Contact GDC

+44 (0) 20 7167 6000

37 Wimpole Street

London W1G 8DQ

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