THE GDC is asking for as many views as possible on its proposed new standards for dental professionals in the UK before the consultation closes at the end of December 2012.
The new GDC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics will be the code of behaviour that all registrants have to agree to abide by when they register with the GDC.
Among the proposed changes is a requirement for all registrants to ensure patients understand which treatments are provided under the health service and those which can only be provided on a private basis. They must also make sure that a simple list of costs is clearly visible in a reception or waiting area.
Another development is a requirement that all registrants are sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate effectively with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the UK.
To find out more and respond to the consultation go to the consultation page on the GDC website.