New legislation for international registration comes into effect on 8 March 2023 that the General Dental Council (GDC) says will give them “new powers to modernise the processes for registration of those who quality outside the UK”.

Lord Toby Harris, GDC’s Lay Council Chair, wrote on the GDC’s website:

“Our aim is to create a system of international registration which is fair to applicants, efficient to deliver – and above all is rigorous in protecting patient safety. Achieving that depends on a complex combination of legislative, contractual and operational changes, so we won’t get there in a single step, particularly as some aspects of the way we operate the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) are still fixed in legislation for another 12 months.

“So the first stage of reform, subject to approval from the GDC’s Council, will be to prepare and consult on new rules to come into force next year which introduce pragmatic changes to allow the ORE to be delivered more efficiently and support increases in its capacity.

“This approach allows time for the GDC, working with stakeholders, to explore and propose new approaches which take full advantage of the new legislation and maintain the rigour of our standards while ensuring that there is sufficient capacity to meet demand.”


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