UK makes legal changes regarding international dental qualifications



The UK administration is changing the rules regarding external dental qualifications. There has been pressure to reassess the regulation because the EU credential recognition system is closing down and the ORE (Overseas Registration Exam) is over capacity.

The inordinate amount of time it takes to make the switch means the British Dental Association is “overwhelmed with messages” from candidates expressing rage, anger and even suicidal thoughts.

“UK administration changes rules regarding external dental qualifications”

Over 130 candidates who had passed the first part of their ORE were told by the GDC that they would not be able to pass the second half of the qualification. Indeed, the Covid period had disrupted the exams, extending the time between the first and second sections, so individuals exceeded the maximum time allowance of 5 years in which they must take both exams.

It has been announced that no new regulations will affect existing applicants, according to the GDC.

Eddie Crouch, president of the British Dental Association, explained that “every new colleague unable to pass this examination results in thousands of patients being denied access to the care they need. We’ve been warning about the risks since the start of the pandemic, but ministers and our regulator haven’t grasped the nettle. The inaction has left highly skilled clinicians waiting at tables and piling up shelves while millions struggle to get appointments with the NHS. For the sake of our patients, the government must ensure that these dentists are supported. Those still waiting to take the exams can expect a fairer system.

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