Consultation on the GDC’s overseas registration examination fees

overseas registration examinationThe General Dental Council (GDC) is consulting on the overseas registration examination (ORE) fees.

The overseas registration examination is an exam that qualified dentists from overseas have to pass in order to register with the GDC.

Registration with the GDC allows dentists to practise dentistry unsupervised in the UK.

The overseas registration examination tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists from outside the European Economic Area whose qualifications are not eligible for full registration with the GDC.

The exam is based on the UK dental curriculum and uses modern assessment methods to ensure robustness and consistency.

The overseas registration examination is provided by external suppliers on behalf of the GDC.

The GDC’s overseas registration examination fees have not changed since 2007.

Changing the fee levels requires a change to the order of council 2007, and it hasn’t been possible to achieve an amendment to the regulations until now.

The council is actively looking at ways of making sure this delay does not happen again.

The aim of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed changes to the overseas registration examination fees, under an amendment to the General Dental Council (overseas registration examination regulations) order of council 2007.

The proposed changes will ensure that future examinations are delivered on a cost neutral basis and are funded wholly by the examination fees.

If agreed and following privy council approval, the GDC aims to implement these changes in the Summer/Autumn of 2015.

You can respond to the consultation here.

The deadline for responses is 16 January 2015.

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