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Latest updates and advice

You probably wouldn't associate passionate feelings with the dental chair, but sometimes patients can misinterpret a dental professional's behaviour and try to turn a purely professional relationship into a romantic one.

Dental X-ray
New radiation regulations apply to GDPs

9 January 2018

All dental practices with X-ray machines must apply for registration by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Dealing with dental emergencies during the festive season

22 December 2017

The GDC expects dental professionals to provide patients with clear information about their arrangements for emergency care.

Dental care professionals reminded to renew GDC registration

29 June 2017

On 16 June, the GDC's annual renewal window opened for dental care professionals to renew their registration and pay the annual retention fee (ARF).

disclosure to the police
Disclosing information to the coroner

29 June 2017

Following recent events, the DDU has received a number of calls from members who have been asked to cooperate with the police by providing clinical records used to identify the deceased.

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The DDU's advice on tooth whitening

12 May 2017

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can provide tooth whitening treatments to adult patients without fear of prosecution, providing they act within the legal and ethical parameters.

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Dental nurse indemnity - advice for dental professionals

11 May 2017

Dental nurses are required to have indemnity in order to practise and will be asked to declare they have appropriate indemnity arrangements in place when they join the GDC register or renew their registration.

Indemnity declaration to the GDC

4 November 2016

The GDC will shortly be reminding dentists to renew their registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF).

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GDC to introduce case examiners as part of fitness to practise reforms

24 October 2016

From 1 November 2016, the GDC is introducing several important reforms to its fitness to practise (FTP) procedures that are intended to make them less protracted and more proportionate.

Dental tools
MHRA warns dental professionals against purchasing poor quality equipment

11 October 2016

Dental professionals should be wary of purchasing counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment from auction websites as it may put the safety of their patients at risk.

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