GDC—Registration Appeals Committee
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GDC—Registration Appeals Committee

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

  • GDC—Registration Appeals Committee
  • Appealable registration decisions
  • Procedure
  • Costs

Appealable registration decisions

The Registration Appeals Committee (RAC) considers appeals from dental professionals in relation to appealable registration decisions. The list of appealable decisions is set out in section 2(1), Schedule 2A of the Dentists Act 1984 (DA 1984). This includes appeals in relation to the following decisions:

  1. a decision not to register a person’s name on the register

  2. a decision to require certain individuals to complete an adaptation period, pass an aptitude test, undergo an examination or complete an assessment in order to pursue dentistry in the UK

  3. a decision to erase a person’s name from the register (except by a Practice Committee)

  4. a decision not to restore a person’s name to the register (except by a Practice Committee)

A decision taken solely on the grounds that a person has failed to pay an appropriate fee or has failed to make the required application, is not an appealable decision.


The RAC is governed by its own rules of procedure: the General Dental Council (Registration Appeals) Rules 2006 (GDC Registration Appeals Rules 2006), SI 2006/1668. Under these rules, appeals are initiated by the registrant or would-be registrant (the appellant) sending a notice of appeal in writing to the Hearings Director at the GDC’s offices. The notice of appeal must be signed on behalf of the appellant and must include the following information:

  1. the full name of the

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