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Last updated: 15/03/2010

The General Dental Council (GDC) requires all its registrants to undertake continuing professional development.

Mandatory CPD was phased in over three years, starting 1 January 2002. Below is an overview over the requirements.

  • All dentists on the Dentists Register must undertake CPD for recertification every five years

    • 250 hours over a five-year period

    • 75 verifiable, 175 general CPD

    • An average of 50 hours per year, 15 of which verifiable

  • Since January 2007, compulsory subjects apply to new five-year cycles

  • All dentists need to maintain and retain their own records

  • Random sampling by the GDC

  • Failure to comply can lead to erasure from the Register

  • A first step towards revalidation.