The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP(UK)) is looking to become an independent organisation.
FGDP(UK) was established as a faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1992 and and the board has now decided to move in a separate direction by becoming an independent organisation.
It has announced that over the coming months it will lay the foundations for an independent organisation that will benefit patients and profession.
FDGP(UK) delivers specialist courses in implant dentistry, minor oral surgery and restorative care.
It has a membership or almost 5,000, and with an international reach, FGDP(UK) also produces clinical guidelines written by dentists, for dentists.
The dental examination in the UK, the MJDF, which is administered jointly between the FGDP(UK) and FDS, will continue to be a specialist qualification for the dental profession.