THE Faculty of General Dental Practice UK has celebrated a landmark moment as it officially joined the new College of General Dentistry (CGD).
In completing its separation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the FGDP said it had realised the ambition of its founding members to establish an independent college for general dental practice.
The new College launched on July 1, 2021, in what was hailed as “a momentous day in the history of dentistry”. It has pledged to embrace the whole dental team, "recognising the invaluable contribution made by every member of the dental profession in delivering high quality oral health care for patients and the wider community".
CGD president Dr Abhi Pal said: "The College of General Dentistry looks forward to providing new leadership, much-needed career pathways, fit-for-purpose standards and cutting edge, evidence-based guidelines with much more besides."
He said it would build on the legacy of the FGDP and "further raise the standing and status of dentistry as an important, integral, never-to-be-forgotten element of health and social care".