Registration for dentists qualified overseas

​Registration for dentists who are exempt persons and who have a recognised overseas qualification

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 gained a recognised overseas dental qualification from overseas; and
  • your qualification has not been recognised by any other EEA state as qualifying you to practise as a dentist in that country.

Am I an exempt person?

Please check you meet the criteria of exempt person before continuing.

The EEA 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 and Sweden.  For the purposes of registration with the GDC, Switzerland is treated as an EEA Member State.

How do I apply for registration?

As a dentist who is an exempt person and has a recognised qualification from overseas, you may be eligible to apply for assessment. You will need to complete an assessment application form and ensure you have all the additional documents we need. You will need to include one photocopy of the original form and additional documents with your application.

How do I request an application pack if I am able to demonstrate Exempt Person Status?

You can request an application pack online via eGDC by selecting 'Apply to Register' and completing our online proforma. Please note, you will be asked to complete the route to registration questionnaire. Please complete the online proforma so that we can check this is the right route to registration for you. Once we have confirmed this, we will send you an application form, guidance on how to complete the form and documentation required, and a frequently asked questions document.When can I expect a response?

When can I expect a response?

We will aim to process your Proforma within 1 month of receipt, in some instances where we will need to request advice from our Legal Team, this may require additional processing time


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