Visiting dentists now named online

OVERSEAS dentists who are in the UK for temporary work or for educational roles are now displayed on the General Dental Council online register.

A rule change which came into force on November 1 means the names of temporary registrants and visiting practitioners from Europe Economic Area (EEA) countries must now be made public.

Temporary registrants are dentists who hold a recognised overseas diploma and who are registered for a limited period for the purpose of training, teaching or research in approved posts.

Visiting EEA dental practitioners or dental care professionals are individuals who register with the GDC under UK and EU legislation, which allows a national of an EEA state to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis.

The GDC said: “Adding these two registrant groups will ensure that the online register is fully reflective of the GDC registrant base, enabling patients to confirm whether a dental professional is registered with the GDC.”

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