GDC introduces application fees

THE GDC will be introducing registration application fees from 1 January 2020.

Currently the costs relating to applications are met by existing registered dental professionals. The GDC decision will remove cross subsidy between registrant groups wherever practicable and allow for the reduced annual retention fees (ARF) announced earlier this year.

Registration fees will be made up of two parts: a flat rate to cover processing costs and a variable rate to cover the costs of assessing applications, which tend to be more expensive for EEA or overseas applicants requiring individual assessment.

Applications to join a specialist list will not attract an application fee because they are held on a list, as opposed to a register, and are already subject to a fee.

GDC Executive Director, Registration and Corporate Services, Gurvinder Soomal said: "One of the central principles we apply when setting and charging fees is that the levels should primarily be determined by the cost of regulating each professional group. One of the ways we do this is by minimising instances where registrants fund regulatory activity not generated by them. The introduction of this fee applies this principle to registration applications, and enables us to remove this cost from the ARF."

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