THE GDC has begun collecting annual retention fees (ARFs) and is reminding dentists they have until 31 December to make payment.
Dentists have also been reminded that those required to make CPD declarations for 2013 must do so by 28 January 2014. This can be done via the eGDC website or by completing a paper declaration form.
Dentists have until the end of year to pay the £576 ARF (and £72 specialty fee where registered) for the 2014 registration year. Payments can be made by Direct Debit, direct via the eGDC website (www.eGDC-uk.org) or by using the automated payment line on 0800 197 4610.The payment line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until midnight on 31 December 2013.
The fee will be collected on 5 December for all dentists who have a Direct Debit set up. Any queries regarding the ARF should be directed to the ARF helpline (0800 1777 965) which is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday until 31 December 2013.
Dentists who fail to make the payment on or before the 31 December 2013 will be removed from the GDC's register and will no longer be permitted to work in the UK. A list of those people will be circulated to the NHS, Health Boards and indemnity providers to enable them to keep their records up to date.
Any dentist wishing to restore to the register will need to submit an application, which may take up 10 working days to assess.