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The Authority publishes its review of the General Dental Council's performance for 2016/17

The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published its annual performance review of the General Dental Council. The GDC’s register covers over 111,000 dental professionals practising in the UK.

We have assessed the GDC’s performance against our Standards of Good Regulation and are pleased to note that the GDC has continued to maintain the improvement in its performance that we noted in our review for 2015/16. This year the GDC has met 23 out of 24 of the Standards.

More information about how we reached our decision is set out in our Annual Review of Performance - GDC 2016/17 or read a summary in our snapshot.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The Standards cover the regulators’ four core functions: setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession; setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training; maintaining a register of professionals; and taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  8. The GDC registers dental professionals (dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental therapists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians). As at 30 June 2017, there were 111,128 dental professionals on the GDC’s register. Its annual retention fee is £890 for dentists and £116 for dental care professionals.
  9. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at