The GDC has defined mandatory core subjects for CPD cycles starting
in January 2007, which total a minimum of 20 hours. The remaining
requirements of 55 hours of verifiable CPD can be fulfilled as you wish.
Selecting CPD activities requires you to identify your needs and the
best way of meeting them. Your choice of CPD should be relevant to your
A personal development plan (PDP) is the best way of
assessing your CPD needs and will help you to be more focussed when
selecting CPD activities, ensuring that they are relevant to your PDP.
January 2007, dentists starting a new CPD cycle will be required to
undertake the following verifiable CPD each five-year cycle:
Medical emergencies (minimum of 10 hours)
Disinfection and decontamination (minimum of 5 hours)
Radiography and radiation protection (minimum of 5 hours)
in practice should also undertake CPD in legal and ethical issues, and
handling complaints. The GDC has not specified a minimum number of hours
nor that this CPD must be verifiable.
The same core subjects and
specified hours apply to the CPD requirements of dental care
professionals, although dental technicians are not required to do CPD in
radiography as it is not part of their curriculum.