The General Dental Council’s Council has agreed new rules from 9 March for registration of internationally-qualified dentists and dental care professionals, and a new application processing fee for overseas-qualified dentists who want to sit the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE).

The application processing fee has been set, in line with the regulator’s fees policy, at a level that covers the cost of processing only that includes checks on qualifications, character, clinical experience and English language competence before adding someone to the ORE candidate list.

New examination fees will be in place from 1 January 2025 based on recovery of current costs. The GDC confirmed that it may be necessary to revise examination fees when new contracts are in place in 2025 to ensure that the revised fees align with new contract arrangements.

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Gurvinder Soomal, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, said:

“The aim of these reforms is to create a modern system of international registration which is fair to applicants, efficient to deliver, and above all is rigorous in protecting patients.

“This marks an important step on the way to a comprehensive framework for international registration, but there is still more to do with a complex combination of legislative, contractual and operational changes needed to support the current and future demand for registration.”

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