GDC prepared to be flexible on CPD

  • Date: 14 July 2020

THE GDC has stated that dental professionals with a shortfall in required CPD at the end of this month will not be penalised if attributable to difficulties related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The deadline to complete CPD for this year is 31 July, and CPD statements need to be recorded in eGDC accounts by 28 August. However, the regulator has stated:

"We understand that many of you have faced difficulties in accessing CPD this year, due to the restrictions imposed on us all, as the UK brought the COVID-19 outbreak under control. If you have concerns, please do not worry, as there is some flexibility built into the CPD scheme and we will not be penalising anyone who has a shortfall due to COVID-19."

The Enhanced CPD scheme launched in 2018 has some flexibility built into it. Dental professionals at mid-cycle and having done 10 hours of CPD in the previous year can submit a zero CPD hours statement this year.

Registrants in the final year of their CPD cycle and needing more time to help deal with "exceptional circumstances" can apply for a grace period of an additional 56 days to complete CPD hours. Requests for a grace period must be emailed before 31 July.

Dental professional in all cases must make a CPD statement by 28 August to complete the Annual Renewal process, whether or not there is a shortfall.

Find out more about the Enhanced CPD scheme on the GDC website. Contact to find out more about grace periods or regarding an expected shortfall in your CPD because of COVID-19.

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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