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GDC update: changes to the rules for internationally qualified dental professionals

The GDC have recently announced changes to the rules for the registration of internationally qualified dental professionals.  These changes came into effect on 9 March 2024.


The rule is in place to ensure dental professionals who join the register meet the high standards for safe and effective care.


The same standards for registration are applied to applicants who qualify abroad as those who train in the UK, and those who qualify outside the UK. 


The new rules provide the basis for the introduction of an Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) an application processing fee and increased examination fees to ensure associated costs are recovered and fees are allocated fairly. 


The initial changes mean that the GDC can now take the steps to deliver additional ORE capacity while they modernise the international registration framework.

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