Dental professionals are reminded to pay ARF and declare CPD

Dentists and dental care professionals are reminded to renew their GDC registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF) before midnight on 31 December and 31 July respectively.

Registrants will receive an invitation to renew from the GDC each year explaining how to remain on the GDC register. Details of how to make the payment are on the GDC's website.

Registrants renewing their registration through the Annual Renewal process will have to confirm that they have indemnity in place, or will have when they start to practice.

It's important to renew your GDC registration on time as if you fail to do so, you will no longer be able to practise and will be removed from the Register. This could also affect your DDU membership.

You must also declare each year your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) statement within 28 days of the end of the relevant Annual Renewal period, even if it is for zero hours. For dentists this is 28 January; for dental care professionals this is 28 August.

CPD for dental professionals

All CPD must be verifiable. For dentists, there is a minimum of 100 hours per five year cycle. For dental therapists, hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians there is a minimum of 75 hours and for dental nurses and dental technicians a minimum of 50 hours. At least 10 hours of CPD should be completed across any two consecutive years.

The annual statement should include:

  • The number of CPD hours you have done in that year.
  • That you have kept a CPD record – including your personal development plan and evidence of activity.
  • That the activity you have done is relevant to your practice as a professional.

See our Learn and develop programme for further CPD support.

This page was correct at publication on 04/02/2021. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.


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