Use of FGDP postnominals

The following information clarifies the use of FGDP postnominals following its transfer to the College of General Dentistry.
Postnominals denoting qualifications
The right to use postnominal letters which show qualifications which were awarded by the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK and/or Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng) were not affected by the transfer of the FGDP(UK) into the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) on 1 July 2021. Neither the name nor specific postnominal designation of any award changed as a result of the transfer. Such awards include:

  • Diploma in Implant Dentistry Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng)
  • Diploma in Restorative Dentistry Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng)

Postnominals denoting membership
In line with the above, if you were a member or fellow of FGDP, you may continue to use those postnominals where an FGDP or RCS England award qualified you for membership or fellowship of the Faculty – typically diplomas of membership or fellowship.

  • Diploma of Membership of FGDP(UK) Dip.MFGDP(UK)    
  • Diploma of Fellowship of FGDP(UK) Dip.FFGDP(UK)    
  • Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (RCS England) Dip.MJDF    
  • Diploma in General Dental Practice (RCS England) DGDP(RCS Eng)
  • Diploma of Membership in General Dental Surgery (RCS England) Dip.MGDS (RCS Eng)

However, those postnominal letters which convey ongoing membership or fellowship of the FGDP(UK) – as distinct from qualifying awards – should no longer be used as the FGDP is no longer the title of an ongoing institution. These include MFGDP(UK) or FFGDP(UK).
These are superseded by postnominal letters conveying ongoing membership or fellowship of the CGDent (e.g. MCGDent and FCGDent). Your membership or fellowship did not, however, transfer automatically between the organisations. The College recognises membership or fellowship of FGDP(UK) as giving eligibility for equivalent status in CGDent, and you will need to show evidence of your former FGDP status when you join the College.

Honorary awards
Honorary memberships and honorary fellowships of FGDP (Hon.MFGDP(UK)Hon.FFGDP(UK)) are considered awards rather than denoting substantive/ongoing membership/fellowship, and may therefore continue to be used, and neither the name nor specific postnominal designation associated with such awards has changed. CGDent publishes the names of those given honorary awards by the FGDP.
Dental professionals practising in the UK should also be aware that the use of postnominals in a patient-facing context is covered by General Dental Council guidance on advertising.

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