Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came fully into force on 1 January 2005. It was introduced to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public authorities by giving people rights of access to the information authorities hold. These rights should help better public understanding of how authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money.

In December 2004 when approving the steps which had been taken to ensure that the Freedom of Information Act would be complied with, the Council agreed that the Chief Executive should report annually on the operation of the policy. You can view copies of our reports to Council below:

Report for 3 March 2009 (30KB, PDF)
Report for 18 May 2010 (35KB, PDF)
Report for 22 September 2011 (300KB, PDF)
Report for 26 & 27 September 2012 (80KB, PDF)
15 FOI annual report -13 09 11.pdfReport for 26 September 2013 (423KB, PDF)
Report for 18 September 2014.pdfReport for 18 September 2014 (149KB, PDF)

We are also required to maintain personal data subject to legal safeguards as specified in the Data Protection Act 1998. We fully endorse and adhere to the eight principles of that act.  

The GDC publication scheme

The publication scheme gives information about the GDC, and includes the definition document which sets out the seven classes of information we make available.

As part of our duty under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000, we must adopt and maintain a publication scheme so that information can be made routinely available to the public. The model publication scheme approved by  the Information Commissioner's Office for all healthcare regulators can be found on the ICO website.

In operating the scheme we must provide a guide to information giving details of:

  • The information we make routinely available,
  • How the information can be accessed, and
  • Whether or not a charge is made for it.

You will find links within the guide to information which we publish elsewhere on our website. Please use the guide to check whether the information you are looking for is available in this way.

Some information the Council holds may only be available in hard copy, or may not be accessible through our website. If you cannot find the information you are looking for you can make an FOI request.

If you are trying to find out whether a dental professional is registered please use the search function on the Home page of the website.

The Information Commissioner's Office​​ provides further information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000, our obligations and your rights, as well as information about the Data Protection Act 1998.

Definition document for health regulators

This document gives examples of the kinds of information the GDC should  make available.

You can view the definition document on the Information Commissioner’s website.​

Publication and disclosure policy – Fitness to practise documents

The GDC policy in relation to the publication and disclosure of fitness to practise information is available below.

 FTP - Disclosure policy (463KB, PDF)​​​​​​​​​​