356. External regulation of the profession.

The General Dental Council1 is subject to the oversight of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care2 and must in the exercise of its functions co-operate with that Authority3. Where it considers that a decision is not sufficient (whether as to a finding or penalty or both) for the protection of the public4, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has powers to refer to the High Court a determination by the professional conduct committee the professional performance committee or the health committee of the General Dental Council5 following a determination that a person's fitness