Dental standards and guidance documents from FGDP (UK) - Open Standards Initiative


Dental standards and guidance documents from FGDP (UK) now available for ALL dental professionals through theOpen Standards Initiative

From this month the Open Standards Initiative offers all dental professionals access to the highly regarded standards and guidance documents produced by the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK [FGDP (UK)], whether they are members of the Faculty or not.

As part of a programme designed to ensure the documents reach the widest possible audience, theOpen Standards Initiative means every dental professional will be able to view the full text of all FGDP (UK) standards and guidance documents online.

Documents include Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography guidelines and Clinical Examination and Record Keeping amongst others.

“The FGDP (UK) exists to raise standards of oral health through standard setting, publications, postgraduate training and assessment, education and research. We want our standards and guidance documents to reach the widest possible audience for the benefit of the profession and the patients we treat in order to fulfil this mission,” says Dr Trevor W. Ferguson, Dean of the FGDP (UK).

“We are releasing e-book versions of our standards and guidance, as well as continuing to sell the existing book versions. This is phase 1 of the Open Standards Initiative,” continues Trevor. “We shall be releasing details of Phase 2 of the Open Standards Initiative later this year!”

To access the documents Faculty members will simply need to log onto the as usual. Non-members will be required to register but there will be no charge to view the text online.


The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) was formed in 1992 as the academic home for general dental practitioners (GDPs). The FGDP (UK) is based at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng) with the aim of improving the standard of care delivered to patients through standard setting, publications, postgraduate training and assessment, education and research.

Around 95% of the dental care in the UK is provided in the primary dental care setting. The FGDP (UK) looks after the continuing professional development (CPD) and training needs of both dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) working in this field.

Membership of the FGDP (UK) is open to all dentists, dental surgeons and dental care professionals registered with the General Dental Council.


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