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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).

This can be done from 14 November through to midnight on 31 December 2016. 

However, following a process change, the GDC now requires dentists (and dental care professionals) to declare they have appropriate indemnity in place, or will have it in place, as part of the process of renewing their registration this year. 

The GDC's guidance on the indemnity requirement explains that registrants will not have to provide an indemnity certificate unless specifically asked to do so. So for most dentists it will simply be a case of declaring they have appropriate indemnity in place.

You can check whether the information we hold for you is correct and download proof of indemnity, if this is required, by taking the following steps: 

  1. Log in to the My membership section of our website
  2. Choose Membership document request then Proof of membership
  3. Download the Proof of membership and the type of work will be shown on the document.

If your details are not correct, you can change your working circumstances on our website. 

If you would like to apply for membership, please download and complete an application form. 

It's important to pay your annual retention fee (ARF) and make an indemnity declaration as well as update or declare your CPD (as appropriate) to ensure you remain registered. The GDC says you can renew using three methods: 

  • eGDC portal: - a quick, convenient and confidential 24/7 electronic platform where they can keep personal details up-to-date and download their annual practice certificate. This will be open from 14 November
  • Automated phone line:  0800 197 4610 Open 24/7 from 14 November. You can make a payment and indemnity declaration over the phone
  • By Post: using the free post envelope provided with their renewal notice. Please remember that the last post during the Christmas period is 20 December 2016.

Dentists who do not renew on time, will no longer be able to practise as dentists as they will be removed from the Register.


This guidance was correct at publication on 04/11/2016. It 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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