GDC Triples Overseas Registration Exam Capacity

GDC Triples Overseas Registration Exam Capacity

Against a backdrop of a deepening NHS dental workforce recruitment and retention crisis, The General Dental Council (GDC) has tripled the number of places for the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) Part 1.  The regulator states this is ’in response to the current demand’.

All dentists who qualify outside the UK or the EU and who want to join the GDC register to practise in the UK are required to pass the ORE.

A statement published by the GDC says ’there will be 600 places available for the August 2023 sitting of the ORE Part 1, instead of the usual 200. We currently have around 1,500 candidates to sit Part 1, and the additional capacity announced today will provide for 1,800 places over three sittings.

We have been working with partners to increase the number of ORE places available to candidates and will maintain these numbers for future sittings in 2024’.

The GDC advises that booking will open to candidates on 15 June and remain open until all places are filled.  It added ’We anticipate a high level of demand and we are encouraging candidates to secure a place as soon as possible if they are in a position to sit the exam’.

According to the GDC, the boost in candidate numbers will mean ’a slightly longer timeframe to complete the quality assurance process on exam results, increasing from the current 20 working days for 200 candidates to 30 working days for 600 candidates’. 

Gurvinder Soomal, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are pleased to have secured these additional places for the ORE Part 1 and we’ve let candidates know about the increase in availability. We’ve worked with our partners at King’s College London to secure this extra capacity, and it’s positive that more candidates can now secure their place on the exam.” 


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