New regulations mean that hygienists from Europe who hold European passports (and do not hold a recognised dental qualification) can now apply to have their application for GDC registration assessed on the basis of their knowledge and experience.

The new panel to assess European hygienists will next meet on 17 August. The Registration Working Group also met on 14 July to look at (future) assessment processes for PCD groups, who are yet to be registered with the Council.

The renewal period for temporary registration is now underway, when approximately 200 dentists will apply to renew their temporary registration. The Registration team is also preparing for the pilot scheme which will allow temporary registrants waiting to do part C of the IQE to work in a primary care setting.