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.