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Brexit - information for dental professionals

This page provides information for dental professionals about changes to the process of GDC registration following the UK's formal exit from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, and the end of the transition period at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

The rules for EEA-qualified dentists and dental care professionals will work differently from 1 January 2021 and are set out below.

There are different arrangements for Swiss nationals, UK nationals settled in Switzerland and their spouses and dependents. Please read the Department of Health and Social Care guidance for further information on this and on the arrangements for EEA-qualified health and care professionals.

Our route to registration page guides applicants to the correct forms and information.

EEA-qualified dentists

EEA-qualified dentists already registered with the GDC

EEA-qualified dentists registered with the GDC prior to 2021 are unaffected and continue to be registered to practice in the UK.

EEA-qualified dentists who submitted a GDC registration application before 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020

Your application will be completed under the process that was in effect on the date it was received. To meet this deadline, your paper application and all supporting documentation must have been received in our Birmingham office by 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

EEA-qualified dentists applying for GDC registration from 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020

The UK Government has enacted legislation which enables the GDC to continue recognising EEA-qualified dentists under a near-automatic system for up to two years from 1 January 2021.

Recognised EEA qualifications are those which were listed in V.3. Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020. These arrangements will be reviewed no later than 31 December 2022 and any further changes to this process will be published on this page.

If your dental qualification was listed in V.3. Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020, your application will be processed via a near-automatic recognition process. Your eligibility for having your dental qualification recognised under this process does not depend upon your nationality or country of residence.

If your dental qualification was not listed in listed in V.3. Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020, you will need to apply as an applicant with an overseas qualification. For applications to the Dentist register you will need to complete the Overseas Registration Exam or the Licence in Dental Surgery.

Dentists with temporary and occasional (T&O) registration

From 1 January 2021 the GDC can no longer register EEA-qualified dentists for T&O services.

If you were registered to undertake T&O work before 11pm GMT 31 December 2020, you can continue to provide T&O services until your temporary registration expires. You are no longer able to renew your temporary registration.

UK students studying in the EEA

If you are studying for an EEA qualification which was listed in listed in V.3. Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020 and are due to complete your studies during the period of near-automatic recognition, your route to registration in the UK is unaffected. 

However, if you are due to complete your studies after the period of near-automatic recognition, your route to registration in the UK may be affected. Relevant further information will be shared on this page as it becomes available.

EEA-qualified dental care professionals

EEA-qualified dental care professionals already registered with the GDC

EEA-qualified dental care professionals registered with the GDC prior to 2021 are unaffected and continue to be registered to practice in the UK.

EEA-qualified dental care professionals who submitted a GDC registration application before 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020

Your application, including any adaptation period if applicable, will be completed under the process that was in effect on the date it was received. To meet this deadline, your paper application and all supporting documentation must have been received in our Birmingham office by 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

EEA-qualified dental care professionals applying for GDC registration from 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020

To apply, you will need to follow the assessment process for overseas dental care professionals.

Dental care professionals with temporary and occasional (T&O) registration

From 1 January 2021 the GDC can no longer register EEA-qualified dental care professionals for T&O services.

If you were registered to undertake T&O work before 11pm GMT 31 December 2020, you can continue to provide T&O services until your temporary registration expires. You are no longer able to renew your temporary registration.

Further information