The BDA is a democratic organisation: policy decisions are taken by committees elected by dentists acting on behalf of dentists.
The BDA’s committees serve two important functions
- They provide the link between the BDA’s 23,000 members and the decisions taken on their behalf.
- They bring expertise to these decision-making processes, based on experience from front-line patient care.
meetings provide the opportunity to integrate this experience and
expertise into the BDA’s day-to-day operations. All GDPs are eligible
to stand for election to the General Dental Practice Committee.
There is also no requirement of holding an NHS contract, wholly private
practitioners are welcome, but registration is required at the email
There are other committees for all sections of the
profession, including those that represent the views of particular
groups of dentists: academics, hospital, armed forces and salaried
primary dental care. Further information can be found on the Triennial
elections page in the left hand menu.
Another group of committees
are the expert advisory committees, the membership of which is often
drawn from the other committees or appointments made on the basis of
expertise and specific competencies. These are to consider specific
topics, such as education or ethics. These types of committees can also
be formed on an ad hoc basis to consider specific issues or projects
that may arise.