Frequently asked questions

Below are some frequently asked questions we receive regarding the College. If you have any further queries, please submit them through our contact form here.

What does the College of General Dentistry do?

We provide an independent home for dental practitioners and members of the wider dental team, working across primary care and general dentistry. The College provides an historic opportunity to draw the dental team together in pursuit of excellence in practice, whilst promoting your own commitment to excellence.

We aim to provide a voice of authority in dentistry – by the profession and for the profession. The new College:

  • serves the public and patients by cultivating excellence in oral healthcare, thereby contributing to everyone’s wellbeing
  • achieves this by establishing evidence-based guidance and standards for dentistry, embedded within a strong professional community of practice 
  • fosters quality in practice for dental professionals through their education and training, career development and lifelong learning. 

What is the relationship between FGDP(UK) and the College of General Dentistry?

The College of General Dentistry (CGDent) brings to fruition the long-held ambition for dentistry to stand tall within wider healthcare as a professional community, working for patients – ultimately with Royal Charter. CGDent opened its doors to new members on 1 July 2021.

FGDP(UK) has long worked toward this vision, and to that end the work and the members of FGDP transferred to CGDent once the College was activated.

I was an FGDP member – what does this mean for me?

Many FGDP members transferred membership to the College of General Dentistry when we assumed the Faculty’s responsibilities.

If you were an FGDP member, but EITHER missed the opportunity to elect to transfer OR said no at the time, have changed your mind and would now like to do so, you can enrol now in the same way as a new member by registering here.

And of course, if you are a dentist or part of a dental team not previously a member of FGDP, you are welcome to become part of this historic College.

I’ve recently joined but why isn’t my name appearing on the member register?

Once your membership has been verified, including your eligibility criteria, and payment for your fees has been received, then your name will automatically appear on the register. Please note that if you are paying by direct debit, then this will happen once your first direct debit payment has been taken.

Was my FGDP membership automatically transferred to the College of General Dentistry?

No, memberships were not automatically transferred to the College. You were invited to make a choice regarding your membership. If you did not confirm your preference, or chose not to transfer to CGDent, your FGDP membership ceased when the Faculty transferred to the College.

If you would like to join CGDent, find out more about membership here.

Will the College of General Dentistry have Royal College status?

Incorporation by Charter is a prestigious way of acquiring legal personality and reflects the high status of that body.  The College of General Dentistry will be seeking chartered status, along with permission to use ‘Royal’ in our title. This will not happen immediately but discussions are currently ongoing with Privy Council, who deal with Charter applications, and advise the sovereign on granting the status.

What will my postnominal letters be?

Information pertaining to postnominal letters can be found on our post-nominals page.

I am undertaking an FGDP course. Who will award the course?

Participants already enrolled in FGDP(UK) courses, which are awarded by RCS England, will still receive an RCS England award on successful completion of their studies. 

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