Posted by Joanne Mellor
Tens of thousands of dentists have completed their annual registration renewals process with the General Dental Council (GDC), it has been announced.
The GDC revealed more than 38,000 dentists met the deadline for paying their annual retention fee, which was December 31st 2012.
It was noted by the body how 24,000 chose to pay using Direct Debit and it was stressed that those who failed to pay on time but still intend to work as a dentist in the UK are now going to have to apply to restore their names to the register.
“Being registered with the GDC is a legal requirement for dentists working in the UK,” pointed out the GDC.
Dentists who missed the deadline now have to complete a form to apply for restoration, have a medical examination and provide a character reference and pay a fee of £696 plus an additional £84 per specialty title they hold.
Earlier this month, the GDC warned dental professionals of the upcoming continuing professional development deadline, which is this summer.