14 March 2016
The General Dental Council (GDC) is committed to ensuring that only dental professionals who demonstrate the necessary knowledge of the English language are able to treat patients in the UK.
Today (14 March) we give details of how our new powers will allow us to check the English language proficiency of dentists and dental care professionals applying to the register.
These new powers come into force on 1 April 2016. This will apply to all dentists and DCPs - including those from the European Economic Area (EAA) - as current legislation does not permit us to check the language capabilities of such applicants.
As well as new applicants, from 1 April dentists and dental care professionals who apply to return to the GDC register will also have their proficiency in English language considered.
Along with the new powers, we have also p ublished guidance of the types of evidence we will accept as evidence. The process for demonstrating language proficiency will vary according to the circumstances of applicants.
We want to try and reach as many dentists and DCPs as possible. We would appreciate it if you can support on your social media channels.
There will be a further announcement when our new powers come into force on 1 April.
In addition, following our consultation and consideration by Council, dental nurses and dental technicians applying for registration and who qualified in a country where English is not the first and native language, require an international English language testing system (IELTS) level of 6.
From 1 April 2016 the IELTS pass levels for dental nurses and dental technicians will change from Level 6 to Level 7.