The General Dental Council has set the 2008 fee levels for dental professionals.
The first registration fee and annual retention fee (ARF) for dentists will be £438 – an increase of £18 or 4.3 per cent, in line with inflation. The annual retention fee for dental care professionals (which applies to dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians only at the moment) will be £96 – an increase of £24 or 33 per cent, while the first registration fee for all dental care professional groups will be £96.
The Council said the fee increases are needed to adequately resource its existing core functions, including registering the new groups of dental professionals such as dental nurses and dental technicians, as well as developing new initiatives to strengthen patient protection.
GDC president Hew Mathewson said: ‘We are committed to using our resources wisely so that our registrants’ fees can be kept as low as possible. The fee levels for 2008 reflect the true costs of delivering effective regulation and the job of maintaining high standards within dentistry.
‘The fees for DCPs, including dental hygienists and dental therapists, will in part help us to deal with anticipated last-minute applications from potential DCP registrants as we approach the legal cut-off date in July 2008.’
The Council will also be introducing an ARF for the Specialist Lists for the first time in 2008. This is to cover the costs of maintaining the Lists and providing both a telephone and email enquiry service for the many people looking for dental specialists. There will also be an application fee for dentists joining these lists.
The annual retention fee is due on or before 31 December each year. The new fee levels for first registration will take effect on 1 January 2008.