Earlier this month, the General Dental Council (GDC) announced that there will be a reduction in the Annual Retention Fee (ARF).
The reduction comes following a consultation on its strategy for the next three years.
The GDC has decided that the (ARF) fee which is paid annually by dental professionals so that they can remain on the register will be set at £680 for dentists and £114 for dental care professionals.
The regulator claims that the lower levels are possible due to its reduced operating costs, its robust financial controls and significant changes to the organisation.
They also claim that the fee levels reflect the drive to remove cross-subsidy between different registrant groups wherever practicable, including the introduction of an assessment fee for new applicants which is planned for next year.
The GDC’s chief executive and registrar, Ian Brack said: “In our recent strategy consultation, one of our aims was to provide more transparency, both around the fees we charge and the activity we undertake to fulfil our statutory duty of protecting the public and maintaining public confidence in dental services.
“I look forward to publishing that finalised strategy later this year which will confirm our ambitious programme of work for the next three years.”
The new ARF levels will apply to the next rounds of collection, which for dentists is by 31 December 2019, and for dental care professionals is by 31 July 2020.
David Jacobs, Partner at Milsted Langdon said: “The GDC decision to reduce the Annual Retention Fee will be welcome news to dental professionals.
“If you are unsure what the fee changes will mean for you then it is important that you seek specialist advice. Contact our team today and find out how we can help.”