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GDC launches consultation on new approach to setting fees

Published: 21/02/2018

A consultation was launched yesterday by the General Dental Council (GDC) on a proposed new policy which defines a different approach to setting fees. 

The regulator is consulting on proposals which aim to better explain how and why funds are used, to be clearer about how costs are allocated and to provide more certainty about the level of fee registrants can expect to pay. This is a consultation about the mechanisms for setting fee levels rather than the about the fee levels themselves.                                                                                                              

In 2017 the GDC launched Shifting the balance, which set out its views on reforming dental regulation. In that, the regulator said it would work towards a new way of setting fees which would reflect a new approach to regulation and that this consultation is a step towards fulfilling that commitment.

The proposed new policy is based around three main principles:

  • Fee levels should be determined primarily by the cost of regulating each registrant group.

  • The method of calculating fee levels should be clear.

  • Decisions on the allocation of costs should not lead to undesirable outcomes (such as the unacceptably high or variable costs for some groups of registrants).

Matthew Hill, executive director for Strategy at the GDC, said, “We’ve been listening to our stakeholders and have worked hard to develop a set of proposals which we think provide a greater level of transparency about how we use the funds raised through fees and seeks to involve registrants and others in the conversation in a far more meaningful way. We really want to hear the views of all our stakeholders, so I hope everyone will read the consultation and respond before the closing date.”

The consultation is available now at gdc-uk.org/about/what-we-do/consultations and is open until 15 May 2018.