08 February 2022
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is running a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the General Dental Council’s international registration legislation.
The DHSC’s aim is to provide the regulator with greater flexibility to amend international registration processes by removing prescriptive detail about how such processes should operate from legislation.
The consultation also amends the GDC’s legislation to protect candidates whose opportunity to sit Part 2 of the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) within 5 years of first attempting Part 1 (as required by GDC regulations) was lost as a result of restrictions on the operation of the exam resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The GDC has commented that the proposals “will provide the flexibility we need to make proportionate, clear and robust rules for the registration of those who qualify outside of the UK” and “ensure we can make new rules for international routes to registration, and that those who are qualified can join our registers without unnecessary delay.”
The consultation will close at 11:45pm on 6th May 2022.