Don’t be caught by ’10 in two rule’, says GDC

14 October, 2019 / editorial

The General Dental Council (GDC) is warning dentists to not be caught out by the ‘10 in two rule’. Dentists are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of CPD in every rolling two-year period. 

The change was introduced in January 2018, meaning the end of the first two-year cycle is approaching.

“We all know that completing the required amount of CPD is a prerequisite for continued registration,” said Gurvinder Soomal, GDC executive director for registration and corporate resources, 

Soomal added: “We want to make sure that no one falls foul of the 10 hours in two years rule. The way to do that is for all dentists to check their CPD record now. 

“If someone finds they have not completed enough, there is still time to put it right. But time is running out which is why we’re making this appeal.”

The GDC recently closed its consultation on plans for the next three years. Results from the consultation ‘Working with the dental team for public safety and confidence’ are expected later this year. 

The dental regulator received 79 responses from dental professionals and stakeholder organisations in the three months it was open.

“We are proud of the progress made towards delivering what we set out to achieve through Shifting the balance,” said Rebecca Cooper, the GDC’s head of policy and research. “But we still have some distance to cover to reach our objective of a better, fairer system of dental regulation. This strategy is about fulfilling that objective.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who took the time to tell us their view on our plans. Those views will help us to shape our direction and decision-making for the next three years. 

“We look forward to sharing the finalised strategy later this year.”

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