Faculty of Dental Surgery CPD

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All of our symposia and courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approved.
All dentists must maintain their own CPD records. Every year, an annual statement of all CPD hours completed must be submitted to the General Dental Council (GDC). Members of the Faculty of Dental Surgery can access a free online portfolio for recording all CPD activity.


All dentists are required to undertake 100 hours of verifiable CPD over a five-year period, as a condition of retention on the Dentists’ Register. Details can be found on the GDC website.

To count as verifiable CPD, an activity must have:

  • concise educational aims and outcomes
  • clear anticipated outcomes
  • quality controls, such as the opportunity to give feedback

You must obtain and keep documentary proof, such as a certificate, of your participation/attendance from an appropriate third party (e.g. the activity provider/organiser).

There are four development outcomes (A-D) identified by GDC, roughly outlined below:

  1. Effective communication
  2. Effective management
  3. Development and maintenance of knowledge and skills within your specialty
  4. Maintenance of skills and professional behaviour

Your CPD certificates should clearly identify which outcome(s) have been addressed. In addition, dentists need to create and maintain a Personal Development Plan.

I wish I could help everyone, whether they are patients or colleagues, with all the knowledge and skills that I have learned. And learn even more, so I could be of greater help to society.

Abdullah Taher Ali Taher Mohamed Al-Baghli

Registered dentists studying medicine

Special arrangements apply if you are a registered dentist studying medicine as an undergraduate, and pursuing a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), or oral medicine.

You may submit aspects of the course as verifiable CPD, provided the content could reasonably be expected to advance professional development.
Furthermore, evidence of having attended registered OMFS/oral medicine courses may be used as verifiable CPD, provided it meets GDC requirements.

College endorsement of a programme

An endorsement shows that your course meets the same rigorous internal quality assurance processes as programmes within our College’s educational provision.

Benefits of programme endorsement

  • assure prospective attendees that the course meets our quality standards
  • have use of the College logo on marketing materials for the course
  • Have ‘endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow’ stamped on course material
  • in addition to endorsing the course, we can provide certificates of attendance

To apply for endorsement, complete the forms below and send them to cpd@rcpsg.ac.uk

The College endeavours to respond to all applications within two weeks of receipt.

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