Posted by Allie Wright
The General Dental Council (GDC) has reminded dentists of the importance of ensuring that they have paid their annual retention fee (ARF) in order to remain on the industry register.
Dental professionals were informed by the body that they need to make sure they pay by December 31st to confirm they want to stay on the register for another year.
The GDC’s assistant director of operations Gurvinder Soomal reminded dentists that they can go online to pay their ARF and handle other aspects of their registration at the same time.
“If you don’t already have an account you can set one up now. All recent ARF-related correspondence contains your ID verification code, which you’ll need to create your eGDC account,” said the GDC representative.
Those who fail to pay their ARF by the end of the year will be taken off the GDC register, which means they will be unable to practice dentistry in the UK.
If dentists are caught practising dentistry without being on the GDC register, they could be prosecuted as a result.
The ARF for 2012 has been set at £576 by the GDC and dentists were told by the body that all payment options are now available from today (November 5th), apart from those who are intending to pay via direct debit.
It was noted by the GDC that the ARF is important due to the fact this is how the body receives the majority of its funding each year.
The GDC regulates dental professionals in the UK and all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists have to be registered with the organisation if they want to work in the UK.
It believes regulation of the dental sector in the UK ought to be “proportionate, targeted, consistent, transparent and accountable”.