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BDIA Code of Practice for Dental CPD

We have signed up to the BDIA Code of Practice for Dental CPD. This has been developed to provide assurance to users of dental Continuing Professional Development that a particular provider is committed to using quality controls in line with the legal requirements set out by the General Dental Council.

The BDIA Code of Practice for Dental CPD has been developed to provide assurance to users of dental Continuing Professional Development that a particular provider is committed to using quality controls in line with the legal requirements set out by the General Dental Council. General Dental Council requirementsThe GDC stipulates that, in order for verifiable CPD (vCPD) to be included by a registrant on their CPD Record, there must be documentary evidence that they have undertaken the activity and that it has:

  • concise aims and objectives
  • anticipated learning outcomes
  • quality controls

Unfortunately the GDC does not undertake any quality assurance activities itself, nor does the law define what ‘quality controls’ should be in place. We are all aware that there is some really poor quality CPD available, and personally we would appreciate CPD courses and providers being regulated (as we are in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa).

Instead, the onus remains with the registrant to be proactive in ensuring that the vCPD they undertake is subject to adequate quality controls. If requested by the GDC, a registrant must be able to provide their CPD Record complete with the documentary evidence detailed above. By undertaking vCPD with a provider that has signed up to the BDIA Code of Practice for Dental CPD, a registrant can be confident that this documentary evidence will be provided, and that an activity is underpinned by certain quality controls as set out in the Code.

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