FGDP(UK) transfer to CGDent: FAQs

What is RCS England proposing?
RCS England is proposing to transfer the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) to a newly established, independent organisation, the College of General Dentistry. This constitutes a “transfer of undertakings”, meaning that all the activities and services undertaken by FGDP(UK), and all its staff, will transfer to the new organisation. The plan is to complete the transfer at the end of June 2021.

Why is this proposal being made?
FGDP(UK) has been part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since its inception in 1992, but the Faculty has always harboured an ambition to become an independent college. In 2017 the Faculty Board decided that independence would provide a clearer identity, agility in its business, and stronger focus in its work for members. The vision of the new College is that it will fulfil the aspirations and enhance the professional standing of general dentistry to achieve parity with other and equivalent health care and medical professions.  The Trustees of the Royal College of Surgeons of England acknowledged the ambitions of the Faculty and supported its plans for independence

What will the new College do?
The new College of General Dentistry will provide an independent home and elevate the professional standing for general dental practitioners and members of the wider primary care dental team. It will build upon the work of FGDP(UK) in being recognised nationally and internationally as the home for general dental practitioners. The new College will:

  • serve the public and patients by cultivating excellence in oral healthcare, thereby contributing to everyone’s wellbeing
  • achieve this by establishing evidence-based guidance and standards for dentistry, embedded within a strong professional community of practice 
  • foster quality in practice for dental professionals through their education and training, career development and lifelong learning. 

More information about the College is available at https://cgdent.uk/ 

Are there any plans to change the Faculty of Dental Surgery?
No, the FDS wishes to remain an important part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, with its own elected Dean, Faculty Board and staff providing publications, policy, exams and education services. The Dean will remain a member of the RCS England Council (along with one other Board member) as well as a Trustee. Its members are full members of RCS England.

What does this mean for me?
The new College of General Dentistry will be a standalone, independent College with its own professional identity separate from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. As an FGDP(UK) member you will be invited to transfer your membership to the College of General Dentistry from the time when it assumes the Faculty’s responsibilities at the end of June 2021. In order for us to do that you will need to give us your explicit permission to transfer your data under GDPR.

What are my options?
You will shortly be invited to make a choice regarding your preferred membership option after 1 July. 
You can:

  • Transfer your membership to the College of General Dentistry
  • Remain a member of RCS England through the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) (where you meet the eligibility criteria).

If you are not already a Joint or MJDF Member, and you wish to be a member of FDS and CGDent you should transfer to CGDent and apply separately to FDS.

The equivalent memberships are shown in the table below. 

FGDP(UK) membership FDS membership CGDent membership
Fellow/Joint Fellow Fellow Fellow
Member/Joint Member Member Member
MJDF MJDF Member
Associate Affiliate Associate member
Affiliate Associate Associate member

What do I need to do?
You can let us know your preferred membership option via a short online form, details of which will be sent to all members. 

At the same time you will be asked for your permission to transfer some data we currently hold about you to the new College. 

How do I join the College of General Dentistry?
If you elect to join CGDent when invited by RCS England, CGDent will be in touch with details on the next steps you will have to take to complete the transfer. This will include updating payment instructions to ensure you do not miss out on any membership benefits. 

How do I join FDS?

Information on transferring your membership to FDS is available on the FDS website. 

I am a joint member with FDS. What does this mean for me?
Joint members, including MJDF members, will be invited make a choice regarding your membership preference. If you choose to remain a member of FDS, but also wish to join CGDent, the two memberships will be treated separately by the two organisations. Your membership benefits and subscription fees will therefore reflect this.

As a member of the College of General Dentistry will I remain part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England?
The College of General Dentistry will be completely independent. Association with RCS England can be maintained through membership of FDS.

What are the membership fees? 
Membership fees at the College of General Dentistry will remain competitive. The College will be launching its full membership scheme on 1 July 2021. The College will continue to tailor fees to recognise the diverse circumstances and needs of the full dental team. 

CGDent expect to maintain approval from HMRC to allow members to claim tax relief on their membership subscriptions.

You can view the FDS membership fees at https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/about-the-rcs/membership/membership-fees/

When will the transfer happen?
We expect to transfer the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) to CGDent, with effect from 1 July 2021. 

The College of General Dentistry is a registered company (number 02586636) and charity (1002769) registered at Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London EC1V 2NX. The College has a Board of Trustees in place and is running as a ‘going concern’.

What will happen to my membership if I change my membership status before the date of the transfer?
You will transfer to your chosen organisation at the membership level you are at, as at 30 June 2021.

Will my FGDP membership be automatically transferred to CGDent?
No, memberships will not be automatically transferred to CGDent. All members will be invited to make a choice regarding their membership. Where members do not confirm their preference, their FGDP membership will cease and no further fees will be due.

When the transfer takes place, you may have an unexpired term of membership, and we will ensure that you have clear options in relation to your chosen organisation, the fees you have paid and the membership you are entitled to.

Will my contact details or information about my FGDP membership be transferred to CGDent?
We will be requesting your permission to transfer some relevant data currently held by FGDP(UK) to the College, in accordance with data protection regulations. As the new College is taking over the responsibilities of FGDP(UK) it has a ‘legitimate interest’ in receiving the data. No data will be shared with CGDent without your permission. 

Will the College of General Dentistry have Royal College status?
Incorporation by Charter is a prestigious way of acquiring legal personality and reflects the high status of that body.  The College of General Dentistry will be seeking chartered status for the new College, along with permission to use ‘Royal’ in its title. This will not happen immediately but discussions are currently ongoing with Privy Council, who deal with Charter applications, and advise the sovereign on granting the status. The incorporation by Charter and granting of Royal status cannot be made until FGDP(UK) has fully transitioned to the College of General Dentistry.  

I don't want to be a part of this. Can I leave now?
Members can leave the Faculty at any time, however we do not provide partial refunds of membership fees. Members who relinquish their membership will lose the right to postnominal designations and the other FGDP membership benefits.

What will happen to my postnominal letters? 
Postnominal designations related to your qualifications from FGDP(UK), for example Diploma in Implant Dentistry Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng), will be unaffected and you can continue to use them. 

Postnoms related to your FGDP membership status, for example MFGDP(UK) or FFGDP(UK) will become redundant.

Members of the College of General Dentistry will be eligible to use the following postnominals:

  • Fellow: FCGDent
  • Associate Fellow: AssocFCGDent
  • Full Member: MCGDent
  • Associate Member: AssocMCGDent

Where will the new College be based?
Initially the new College will be run remotely, as FGDP(UK) has been since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The College will be looking at all options to best serve the organisation’s mission. The current FGDP(UK) regions will continue to play a key role in engaging with members regionally and nationally.

I am undertaking an FGDP a course. Who will award the course? 
Course qualifications that are currently run by FGDP(UK) and awarded by RCS England will still be awarded by RCS England after the transfer. 

What is happening to the MJDF?
The Joint Management Board of the MJDF announced in November 2019 its intentions to replace MJDF with an alternative assessment. In conjunction with the impact of COVID-19 on exams, this has meant that there will be no further MJDF assessments - either part 1 or part 2 exams. Visit http://www.mjdf.org.uk/ for the full statements from the Joint Management Board.