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GDC Quality Assurance of Specialty Training


In 2015, the Council adopted the Standards for Specialty Education, for use in quality assuring specialty education in the UK. The Standards set quality requirements for all UK education and training programmes leading to inclusion on one of the GDC's specialist lists.

The current edition of the Standards for Specialty Education was published in 2019



The General Dental Council Quality Assurance role

Since 2019 the GDC has been quality assuring specialty training against the Standards for Specialty Education. 

The Standards for Specialty Education include the following three Standards for programme providers

Standard P1 – Protecting patients

Standard P2 – Quality evaluation and review of the programme

Standard P3 – Specialty trainee assessment

Each Standard has a varying number of Requirements and across the three Standards there is a total of 20 Requirements.

The Scotland Deanery was the first deanery in the UK to be involved in the Quality Assurance Review of Dental Specialty training undertaken by the General Dental Council.

This Review started in 2019 but was significantly delayed due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and its disruption to normal services and day-to-day life across the country.

The Review Team published its initial Report in March 2021 at which point GDC granted agreement to 16 of the 20 Requirements being assessed as being ‘Met’.

Subsequent work and evidence submissions from the Deanery resulted in the remaining 4 Requirements being granted ‘Met’ status in February 2022.

The Scotland Deanery was the first Deanery in the UK to have been granted ‘Met’ status for all the Requirements being assessed. 

The GDC Outcomes are formally published on their website and the details for the Scotland Deanery can be accessed via the links below

Initial Report


Follow on Assessment


GDC webpage for Quality Assurance of Specialty Education and Training


2024 Update

The GDC have confirmed they intend to undertake a stakeholder consultation on future plans for their Quality Assurance activities.

This page was last updated on: 02.05.2024 at 12.27