The General Dental Council is reminding dental care professionals (DCPs) of the importance of keeping track of their continuing professional development (CPD) hours by making their end of year declarations.
As registered dental professionals, DCPs have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date so they can give patients the best possible treatment and care.
Compulsory CPD was introduced for DCPs in 2008 and runs in five year cycles, depending on when individuals first registered with the GDC.
More than 43,000 DCP registrants will end their five year cycle in 2013.
Of these, 19% have currently not declared any hours and 33% have declared hours for their first year only.
It is important to remember that CPD is a legal requirement of registration with the GDC and failure to meet the 150-hour requirement could result in registrants being removed from the register and unable to practise at the end of their five year CPD cycle.
DCPs will have recently received a letter reminding them about their end of year declaration which, for the first time, will give them the opportunity to update CPD hours for previous years as well.
The easiest way for registrants to make their end of year declaration is by logging on to www.egdc-uk.org.
If they haven’t got an eGDC account they can register using their ID-verification code, which is included in the declaration letter.
Otherwise they can complete the form enclosed with the letter, returning it to the GDC in the freepost envelope by 28 August 2011.
Any forms received after this date will not be processed.