Fees freeze for dental professionals

The cost of renewing your registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) has been frozen.

The Council agreed not to increase its registration fees for 2009 at its meeting in Belfast earlier this month.

GDC President Hew Mathewson said: ‘We keep being reminded that we are in the grip of a credit crunch and life is getting tougher for people. Costs may be increasing elsewhere, but I’m pleased to say that the Council has – after a period of time – built up its reserves and will manage the budget effectively for the coming year without increasing fee levels,’

The freeze on fees means the cost of annual registration renewal for dentists will remain at £438 and £96 for dental care professionals.

The cost of being on one of the GDC’s specialist lists stays at £52.

The Council also agreed to change the registration renewal date for four groups of dental care professionals – dental hygienists, dental therapists, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists – to July each year rather than December, to bring them into line with dental nurses and technicians.

Dental hygienists, dental therapists, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists will therefore be required to pay seven months registration of £56 in December 2008 to take them through to the end of July next year, when they will then pay a full year’s registration through to the end of July 2010. This will synchronise all DCPs onto the same annual renewal cycle.

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