Online resource launched as CPD countdown begins in earnest

6 February 2013

Online resource launched as CPD countdown begins in earnest


In six months’ time almost 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) will come to the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development (CPD).

On 31 July 2013 they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. This is a legal requirement and registrants will have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.

The GDC is currently in the process of contacting all the DCPs who are affected, and to help them meet this deadline the GDC website now has a page dedicated to helping them meet its requirements.

A presentation, studies, advice on how to find free CPD, a kit to help registrants deliver in-house CPD (based on GDC hearings and cases from the Dental Complaints Service), and information on how registrants can declare their hours can all be found online at

Why is CPD so important?

CPD is study, training, courses, seminars, reading and other activities which advance the professional development of dental professionals.

The purpose of CPD is to provide high-quality care. It’s very important that the CPD registrants do takes into account the needs of their patients and is relevant to their practice.

Who’s declared what so far?

• 15,085 (38%) DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including 50 verifiable);

• 4,380 (11%) DCPs have logged no hours;

• Dental Technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours - 21% having not yet declared any.*


*Source – GDC database 29 January 2013



Notes to editors:

• Registrants can log their CPD hours at any time using an eGDC account. More details can be found here.
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