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Regulation of the profession

Regulation of the dental​​ profession

​​Witness seminar 1 - Regulation of the dental profession by the General Dental Council

​The first witness seminar was held on 25th March 2011 and examined the ways the regulation of dentistry has changed since the start of the NHS. 

The seminar was chaired by Professor Nairn Wilson, facilitated by Professor Stanley Gelbier and attended by a number of people influential in the regulation of the profession.


The main topics discussed in depth w​ere:

  • The situation prior to 1956 – the Dental Board of the United Kingdom (a subcommittee of the GMC)seminar1-pic2.jpg

  • The self-governing GDC - roles in education, examination, registration and striking off

  • The GDC - make-up prior to recent changes and how it changed over time; elected and appointed members; academic and non-academic members

  • Reaching beyond dentists – the professions complementary to dentistry

  • The role of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in relation to regulation – Edinburgh, England, Glasgow, Ireland and their dental faculties in relation to regulation of the profession; including specialisation; specialist advisory committees, the Joint and other Committees for Higher and specialist training in Dentistry

  • The role of the BDA in influencing the GDC, Royal Colleges and Department of Health in relation to regulation

  • The dental protection organisations - their roles in relation to regulation of the profession, both formal and informal

  • The roles of Parliament and Department of Health through legislation or any other way.

The edited transcript in paperback and ebook is now available from BDA Shop.​

Priced at £6.95