Dentists qualified in the EEA

Registration as a dentist for those who are exempt persons, with a scheduled qualification from an EEA member state

The information on this page is only relevant to you if:

  • you have never been registered with the GDC before, and

  • you are an exempt person who has a dental qualification from an EEA Member State.

  • The EEA member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK. For the purposes of registration with the GDC, Switzerland is treated as an EEA Member State.

How do I apply?

Reasonable adjustments

  • Reasonable adjustments are available to applicants who might find using the online eGDC route to registration difficult. Please submit an enquiry through the 'Get in touch' webpage to request a reasonable adjustment.

Country of qualification specific guidance:

Please refer to the following country of qualification specific guidance in addition to the information listed above.

​Where do I send my application?

Once your application is complete, please send with relevant documents to:

Registration Team (New Registrations)
General Dental Council
1 Colmore Square
B4 6AJ

How long will it take?

The GDC has a statutory maximum of 12 weeks from receipt of a completed application to register a dentist. Please ensure you have completed the form correctly and that you have included all requested documents, as incomplete forms will take longer to process and may be returned to you. 

You will be sent an automated acknowledging the receipt of your application within 10-15 days of receiving your application.

You will then be contacted within 4 weeks once your application has been processed, either to request payment if your application is considered complete, or to request further information in order to consider your application as complete. 

If you are an applicant from the European Economic Area (EEA) and your qualifications and training meet the requirements for 'automatic recognition' as set out in the EU Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications but we do not have sufficient evidence of your knowledge of English on the basis of your initial application, we will recognise your qualification and write to you informing you of this.  We will then ask you to provide evidence that you have the necessary knowledge of English before we register you.  

You are advised to provide all necessary supporting documentation with your application to prevent any delay in the processing your application. Please ensure that all supporting documentation is provided, copies of documents are certified according to the GDC's standards and any documents not in English are translated according to the GDC's standards.

Please refer to the guidance documents and FAQ on this page for more information on our application requirements and processes.

When will I need to make payment for registration?

Please refer to the information regarding Registration fees for details.

What happens next?

Please remember it is illegal to practise dentistry in the UK before a registration number is issued.

Once you are registered, an original registration certificate will be sent to your address. You may also search the online Register to see if you have been registered, as this will be updated before you receive your certificate.

Your name, qualification(s) and registration number will appear in the Register once you are registered.

Please ensure you are familiar with what is expected of you as a GDC registrant.

Dental professionals are required to be familiar with the GDC Standards Guidance.

Once registered, you must have professional Indemnity to practise in the UK. Please remember that it is illegal to practise dentistry until you have registered and been issued with a GDC registration number.

EC IMI System

Please note that the General Dental Council may use the EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system to verify any information or documents EEA qualified dental professionals submit during the course of an application for registration. The General Dental Council may also respond to requests from other European Member States’ competent authorities submitted via the IMI system in relation to the recognition of professional qualifications and establishment in other Member States.

The EC Internal Market Information (IMI) system is a multilingual electronic tool that allows national authorities to communicate and share information quickly, easily and securely with other Member States.  Individuals have the right to access information that has been transmitted via the IMI system, have inaccurate or incomplete data corrected and/or have unlawfully processed data deleted.  Guidance on how to request information is available here.

If you would like to find out more about the EC IMI system, please visit the IMI website.

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