GDC Registration New Guidelines for Dental Therapists and Hygienists


There are two major updates in favour of overseas dental hygienists and therapists to be applied after 8 March’2023. These are

1. The revised legislation is immediate changes for therapists and hygienists who were not able to take an exam called the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) due to the need for suspension of the exam because of the pandemic. Those who have been affected (due to covid) will have more time to take the test.

2. These changes also stipulate that only those who have an appropriate qualification as a dental hygienist/therapist can apply for their registration in the respective category.

As per the Stefan Czerniawski, GDC Executive Director’s words:

• There will be more flexible framework for professionals (those who qualify overseas and who meet our high standards for safe and effective care) to update and modernise the process

• There will be new rules for the ORE as the current process is insufficient and inefficient for the current higher number of applicants. Important changes that are made into the legislation that governs UK’s international routes to registration are:

Qualifications for dentists’ registration (section 16):


1. Any person with an international dental diploma which is either pertinent to the European diploma and/or specific to their country should satisfied with the council that the individual has the necessary knowledge and skills

The requisite knowledge and skills


1. The professionals are required to conduct an assessment to prove their hygienist/therapist skills.

2. Diplomas issued overseas should be a guarantee of the abilities and expertise of the applicant. There is no further inquiry into the skills and knowledge of the person applying is required.

3. The diploma should be issued within the deadline as per the section 15(1)(c)(ii).

Education, Registration and Registration Appeals


1. The requirements to declare good health, and good character have to be signed by the licensing authority in the country. It must also be signed by a licensed medical practitioner who has completed an assessment of health of the person applying within the past 12 months.

2. The five-year timeframe is extended by one year for candidates who been able to get a place on the exam prior to 2 April 2020, and were less than 3 months in that time remaining at the date of this.

I hope this article helped you in understanding the New GDC Registration Rules for Hygienist/Therapists. For any further queries you can contact

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