The decision has been notified on 29 June. According to the General Dental Council : “Around 17% of all dentists on the UK register have European qualifications and made up 37% of all dentists who joined the register in 2022”.

In practice. “The continuation of the automatic recognition of European dentists’ diplomas means that the process for those dentists to join the UK register will remain, including checks on language, health and character”.

Students. “The announcement will also reassure those who have left the UK to study dentistry in Europe that their qualification will be recognised in the UK when they return”.

Law. The European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations (2019/593) (‘the EU Exit Regulations’) came into force on the day of EU Exit.

For as long as the EU Exit Regulations remain in place, EEA-qualified healthcare professionals, with relevant qualifications, can work in the NHS without the need to sit additional professional exams or undergo further assessment by the regulator.

Regulation 14 of the EU Exit Regulations places a legal duty on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to review these standstill provisions no earlier than January 2023 and to publish a report within 6 months.