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.