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GDC pleased with large response over the ARF

More than 4,000 responses have been received so far and analysis of those, and of other informal responses and comments, is currently underway.

The General Dental Council (GDC) has been engaging with the profession on the issue of the annual retention fee (ARF) since April this year when it launched an initial consultation on the basis on which the ARF should be set.

Sixty five percent of respondents agreed that the level of the ARF should reflect how much each registrant group costs.

The current fee level for dentists is £576 and for dental care professionals is £120.

This has not been increased for four years.

However, an increase in complaints of more than 110% has led to a proposed increase to £945 for dentists and £128 for dental care professionals.

A decision on the level of the fee for 2015 will be made in September following a full analysis of the responses received.

The GDC is urging as many dental professionals as possible to respond to the consultation, which is open until 4 September 2014.

Further information, including questions and answers, can be found here.

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Keep up-to-date on everything happening with the GDC reform at www.dentistry.co.uk/gdc-reform-news.

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