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October deadline for Annual Retention Fee instalments

Dentists can now opt in to pay their Annual Retention Fee (ARF) by instalments and spread the cost over the course of a year.

Previously, dentists were required to make a single annual payment (currently £680 for dentists and £114 for dental care professionals) by December 31 and 31 July respectively each year. We have pressed for change given this approach represented a major barrier for registrants, particularly those at the outset of their careers.

Dentist registrants now need to let the GDC know before the renewal period opens on 31 October. To make the change:

  • Login via your eGDC account and select the quarterly Direct Debit.
  • If you choose this option, the GDC will collect four quarterly payments of £170.
  • For those on a specialist list, the annual fee of £72 per speciality, will be collected in the first Direct Debit.

The GDC have more information on paying in instalments.