The General Dental Council (GDC) is warning dentists to not be caught out by the ’10 in two rule’.

Dentists are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of CPD in every rolling two-year period.

This change was introduced in January 2018, meaning we’re reaching the end of the first two-year cycle.

‘We all know that completing the required amount of CPD is a prerequisite for continued registration,’ GDC executive director, registration and corporate resources, Gurvinder Soomal, said.

‘We want to make sure that no one falls foul of the 10 hours in two years rule.

‘The way to do that is for all dentists to check their CPD record now.

‘If someone finds they have not completed enough, there is still time to put it right.

‘But time is running out which is why we’re making this appeal now.’

Regulator’s plans

The GDC recently closed its consultation on plans for the next three years.

Results from the consultation ‘Working with the dental team for public safety and confidence’ have been promised later this year.

The dental regulator received 79 responses from dental professionals and stakeholder organisations in the three months it was open.

‘We are proud of the progress made towards delivering what we set out to achieve through Shifting the balance,’ GDC head of policy and research, Rebecca Cooper, said.

‘But we still have some distance to cover to reach our objective of a better, fairer system of dental regulation.

‘This strategy is about fulfilling that objective.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who took the time to tell us their view on our plans.

‘Those views will help us to shape our direction and decision-making for the next three years.

‘We look forward to sharing the finalised strategy later this year.’


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