The General Dental Council [GDC] is the organisation that regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK, whether they work in the NHS, private practice or any other form of practice.
The role of the GDC is to protect patients. The Council sets and monitors the standards that dental professionals must follow throughout their working lives. It does this by:
- Registering qualified professionals
- Setting high standards of dental practice and behaviour
- Quality-assuring dental education
- Making sure dental professionals keep up to date
- Handling complaints about dental professionals
The Council also quality assures dental education by making sure that high standards are maintained and that dental professionals take part in continuing professional development.
The GDC registers those dental professionals who have satisfactorily completed an approved course and have been successful in the examinations, which are conducted by approved and recognised educational organisations.