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Dentists complete their CPD cycles

Dentists have now come to the end of their 2009-2013 continuing professional development (CPD) cycle.

Anyone who failed to pay on time, but still wants to work as a dentist in the UK will now have to apply to be restored to the register.

CPD is a legal requirement and dentists had until midnight on the 28 January 2014.

Being registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), who maintain the CPD register, is a legal requirement for dentists working in the UK.

Dentists who didn’t pay on time and want to return to the register must:

·       Complete a form to apply for restoration

·       Have a medical examination and provide a character reference

·       Pay a fee of £696 plus an additional £84 per specialty title held

·       Give evidence that they have completed the required amount of CPD

·       If they were practising overseas while off the register, they must provide a certificate of good standing from the relevant authority of the country/state in which they last worked

·       If they were working in the UK while their name was erased from the register, they and their employer will need to explain the circumstances in a letter. If this has occurred they are advised to contact their solicitor or defence organisation before submitting their application.

Patients, members of the public and employers can check whether someone is registered by using GDC’s online register.

The GDC will now be writing to the remaining 344 registrants who have not yet submitted their CPD portfolios for assessment.

Overall more than 39,000 dentists have successfully completed their annual CPD registration renewals.

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