The General Dental Council (GDC) is reminding all dentists not to miss the 31 December deadline to pay their annual retention fee (ARF) and remain on the register.
All dentists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. The £576 fee for registration with the GDC has been frozen at 2010 levels. It is important to remember that if dentists don’t pay, they will be putting their registration at risk. We will not be able to accept any payments received after midnight on 31 December 2011.
Registrants can pay their ARF via the eGDC website, automated payment line or via cheque, bankers draft or postal order. The fee will be collected via Direct Debit on 1 December 2011 for all dentists who have a direct debit set up.
The GDC’s Assistant Director of Registration and Operational Excellence Gurvinder Soomal said:
‘We hope registrants will take advantage of our eGDC website at www.eGDC-uk.org to pay the ARF. If you don’t already have an account you can set one up now. All recent ARF related correspondence contains your ID verification code, which you’ll need to create your eGDC account.’
All payment options opened on 24 October 2011 and will remain open until 31 December 2011. No payments can be processed after the deadline so registrants must ensure their payment is received on or before midnight on that date.
If you have any questions, contact the ARF helpline on 0800 177 7965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.