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The remit is wide and covers all fields of practice in dentistry. Arrangements for dental foundation training, dental core training and specialty training are constant topics for the EE&DT Working Group. Any matters relevant to dental regulation – from the role and activities of the General Dental Council (GDC) to the way in which members of the dental team work together are led by the committee.

It also provides a home for policy areas that cover issues and themes unrelated to sphere of practice, such as mental wellbeing or sustainability in dentistry.

The EE&DT WG meets three times a year; its members include BDA Board members and cross-representatives from across the BDA’s representative structures.

Our priorities

  • The General Dental Council (GDC) and improving the system of regulation, including registration, CPD, standards and guidance, fitness to practise, recognition of international qualifications, and wider regulatory reform
  • Safeguarding postgraduate dental training: dental foundation training, dental core training and specialty training
  • Support for dentists and their teams: mental wellbeing; sustainability; clinical audit and peer review; moving away from a punitive to a learning environment
  • Dental team working
  • Workforce matters: supporting the work of other committees across the BDA on systems reform and recruitment

Our team


Laura Cross

Laura graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 and has always been based in the Hospital Dental Service, completing specialist training and a PhD to become a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry in Glasgow in 2004. An active BDA member since graduation, Laura has represented Hospital Dental Consultants on BDA and BMA committees including SCHDS, SHRDG (as Co-Chair), CCHDS and BMA Scottish Consultants' Committee and Negotiating Sub-Committee and is a member of the West of Scotland BDA Branch. In addition to her role on the PEC, Laura is a BDA Trustee. As PEC Member for Scotland she attends Scottish Council, SDPC, SPDSC, SHRDG and UK Council. Until summer 2023, she was Co-Chair of the BDA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Laura Cross

Get in touch

Ulrike Matthesius, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS
020 7563 4133
[email protected]

Get involved

The remit of the committee provides wide-ranging input into areas of dentistry that will affect students, recent graduates, dentists in general practice, hospitals, community, the armed forces and dental public health across the UK. PEC members and cross-representatives are elected through their respective committees.