GDC has welcomed provisional registration consultation

13 June 2024

The General Dental Council (GDC) has welcomed the government’s consultation on provisional registration for overseas-qualified dentists. The regulator said it represents a valuable opportunity for overseas dentists to demonstrate their skills and experience under supervision while adapting to the UK practice environment.  

The regulator has published its response to the proposals. 

The GDC believes that it is important that the proposed legislation provides the right framework for the further work required for them to develop the rules and system, in collaboration with other stakeholders.

Its response to the government includes several suggestions for amendments to the draft legislation to ensure that provisional registration can work safely and effectively, including in areas such as assessment, quality assurance and supervision, and in ensuring that provisional registration aligns with existing regulatory processes, such as CPD and fitness to practise. 

Ensuring that all those who join the dental professional registers have the skills and experience to practise safely and effectively is fundamental to the GDC’s role as a regulator of dental professionals, and key to maintaining patient safety and public confidence in the profession.  

Stefan Czerniawski, executive director of strategy, said, “The government’s proposal for provisional registration represents the most substantial change to dental regulation in many years. It is essential that it is introduced in a way which protects patient safety and provides effective support and supervision for internationally qualified dentists who become provisional registrants.

“The legislative framework published by the government does much of what is necessary to make that possible, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to suggest ways in which it could be improved.

“Putting the enabling legislation in place is the essential first step, but there will then be a great deal more detailed work to be done, in close collaboration with other organisations across dentistry, to design, develop and implement a system to deliver provisional registration in practice.”