GDC publishes new CPD guidance for dentists

New guidance for dentists on continuing professional development (CPD) has been published by the General Dental Council (GDC). The guidance, revised to include recommendations on core subjects for dentists? CPD, will be distributed to all dentists this week.

?Continuing professional development for dentists? explains what dentists need to do to meet the requirements of the GDC?s compulsory CPD scheme. The GDC is recommending that all dentists carry out verifiable CPD in the following core subjects from the beginning of their next CPD cycle:

? medical emergencies (at least 10 hours per CPD cycle)
? disinfection and decontamination (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)
? radiography and radiation protection (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)

In addition, the GDC recommends that dentists working in a clinical environment carry out CPD (verifiable or general) to make sure that they are up to date in:

? legal and ethical issues
? handling complaints

GDC President Hew Mathewson said:

?Thanks to the new guidance, it will be clear to dentists how to make use of the core recommended subjects within their CPD framework. These core subjects are fundamental to good practice and are areas on which any dentist should be competent.

?It is vital that dental professionals plan their CPD so that it provides the maximum benefit to their patients and their own professional development.?

Dentists should start incorporating these core subjects into their CPD when they begin their second CPD cycle (see table below). Those who are not yet registered with the GDC as a dentist, or who first registered with us in 2006, should incorporate these core subjects into their CPD from the beginning of their first CPD cycle, which will begin on 1 January in the year following the year in which they first register (i.e. a dentist who registered with us in 2006 will begin their first CPD cycle on 1 January 2007).

The GDC?s new CPD guidance is available from the GDC website ( or by contacting the GDC on 0207 887 3800.