Dental regulator decides not to include address details on register


  Posted by: Dental Design      1st August 2016

gdc-logoThe General Dental Council (GDC) has made a decision not to include any location details about dental professionals on its online public register.

The Council’s decision on 27 July follows a public consultation which received responses from over 2,500 people. Seventy four per cent of respondents wanted to remove all address information from the register, while 26% were happy for a general location, such as a postal town, to remain.

The GDC also consulted more than 500 members of our patient panel, where 60% were in favour of publishing no location information on the register. As a result, the Council has made the decision to remove all address information from the online register.

Commenting on the decision, Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the General Dental Council, said:

“It was a significant decision by Council to move away from publishing dental professionals’ full address details.

The GDC has listened to views and has taken a proportionate decision. The decision not to include information about a professional’s registered address brings us in line with other professional healthcare regulators, balancing our role in protecting the public with the need to treat dental professionals fairly, whilst protecting their personal information.

The registration number will become the primary identifier of registration status, so particularly important for dentists and dental care professionals to start to display it appropriately.”

At their next meeting in October, the Council will approve changes to key documents which will formally allow us to make this change. Shortly after that, all addresses will be removed from the online register.
The full consultation response will also be published shortly.

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