GDC—disciplinary process
Produced in partnership with Kingsley Napley LLP
GDC—disciplinary process

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Kingsley Napley LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GDC—disciplinary process
  • General Dental Council
  • Initial assessment
  • Case Examiners
  • Investigating Committee
  • Review
  • Practice Committee

General Dental Council

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the statutory body that regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the UK, pursuant to the Dentists Act 1984 (DA 1984). The GDC's general duties comprise promoting high standards of dental education and professional conduct among dentists (DA 1984, s 2).

The GDC's fitness to practise process has three main stages:

  1. initial assessment (consideration as to whether the concerns amount to an allegation of impaired fitness to practise)

  2. consideration by the Case Examiners (CEs) as to whether to refer the case to a Practice Committee, or invite the registrant to agree to undertakings. If they do not make a referral, they may close the case with no further action, a warning or advice. If they cannot agree, the case is referred to the Investigating Committee (IC) to determine whether to agree undertakings with the registrant or whether the allegation ought to be considered by a Practice Committee

  3. consideration of the allegation by a Practice Committee at a hearing

An allegation that a practitioner’s fitness to practise is impaired may only arise by reason of one or more of the following statutory grounds:

  1. misconduct

  2. deficient professional performance

  3. adverse physical or mental health

  4. criminal conviction or caution

  5. a determination by a body in the UK responsible under any enactment for the regulation of a