GDC alert to dentists
The General Dental Council has written to all dentists to remind them to pay their Annual Retention Fee (ARF) and to make a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) declaration.
On Tuesday 12 November 2013, the ARF collection period for dentists commences, along with the 2013 CPD declaration period.
Dentists have until 31 December 2013 to pay the £576 ARF (and £72 specialty fee where registered) for the 2014 registration year in order to remain on the register.
Payments can be made by direct debit, direct via the eGDC website (www.eGDC-uk.org) or by using the automated payment line on 0800 197 4610.
The ARF automated payment line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until midnight on 31 December 2013.
The fee will be collected via direct debit on 5 December 2013 for all dentists who have a direct debit set up.
Any queries regarding the ARF should be directed to the ARF helpline (0800 1777 965) that is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday until 31 December 2013.
Dentists who fail to make the payment on or before 31 December 2013 will be removed from the GDC's register and will no longer be permitted to work in the UK.
A list of those people will be circulated to the NHS, Health Boards and indemnity providers to enable them to keep their records up to date.
Any person wishing to restore to the register will need to submit an application, which may take up 10 working days to assess.
Dentists who are required to submit CPD for 2013 will have until 28 January 2014 to make a declaration.
They can do this via the eGDC website or by completing the paper declaration form which was included in the ARF notice sent out on 7 November 2013.