The GDC has given an ARF consultation update and moved the final report due date back

The General Dental Council’s (GDC) consultation on the annual retention fee (ARF) level closed on 4 September.

The GDC has said it is very pleased with the number of responses received and the interest shown by registrants and stakeholders.

In total 4,474 responses were received:

  • Dentists – 3813
  • Dental care professionals – 381
  • Student dental professionals – 71
  • Other stakeholders – 209.

Throughout the consultation the GDC has been analysing the responses.

On 18 September the council said it will consider the outcomes and some broader themes that have emerged about regulation and the handling of complaints in particular.

In parallel with the analysis of consultation responses, the GDC has been testing its assumptions and calculations based on the most up-to-date information on fitness to practise caseload trends – a key driver of costs.

It has also commissioned KPMG to review the full range of assumptions underlying the proposal to raise the ARF.

This will focus in particular on the projected fitness to practise caseload.

Meanwhile, analysis of the consultation responses, including a small number of highly detailed responses received at the close of the consultation continues.

A final report, including the findings of the independent review by KPMG, will be considered by the council on 30 October, at which point a decision will be made on the level of the annual retention fee for 2015.

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