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The General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) is responsible for providing registration for doctors and dentists respectively, which is required before they may practice in the UK.

The purpose of the General Medical Council (GMC) is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine and dentistry.

The law gives them four main functions under the Medical Act 1983:

  • keeping up-to-date registers of qualified medical and dental doctors

  • fostering good medical practice

  • promoting high standards of medical studies and dental studies

  • dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.

The General Medical Council is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK. Its statutory purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine and dentistry.

They do this by controlling entry to the medical register and setting the educational standards for medical schools and dental schools. They also determine the principles and values that underpin good medical and dental practice and take firm but fair action where those standards have not been met.

All medical graduates and dental graduates qualified from our european universities experienced no restrictions to practicing medicine and dentistry within Europe, including the UK.

However, as recognition policies can change, we advise that recognition of qualifications is confirmed by contacting the GMC or GDC directly using the following websites:

http://www.gmc-uk.org/about/contacts/

http://www.gdc-uk.org/

For information on the recognition of medical degrees or dental degrees in countries outside the UK, please contact the medical council or dental council or equivalent in the relevant european country in which you intend to gain recognition and practise.