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The European Primary and Specialist Dental Qualifications Regulations 1998

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Minimum requirements of specialist dental training

7.—(1) The GDC shall not approve specialist dental training intended to lead to the award of a CCST unless it complies with the requirements of this regulation; and the GDC may withdraw any such approval if it is satisfied that the training no longer complies with those requirements.

(2) The training must constitute an entire course of training in the specialty in question and must, subject to paragraph (3)—

(a)comprise theoretical and practical instruction;

(b)be full-time training;

(c)be supervised by the GDC;

(d)be of at least three years' duration;

(e)be in a university centre, in a treatment, teaching and research centre, or (where the GDC is satisfied that it is appropriate) in a health establishment approved for this purpose by the GDC; and

(f)involve the personal participation of the person training to be a specialist in the activity and in the responsibilities of the establishments concerned.

(3) Part-time specialist dental training is permitted, under conditions approved by the GDC, where training on a full-time basis would not be practicable for well-founded reasons; and accordingly the GDC may approve part-time training which satisfies—

(a)the conditions referred to above in this paragraph;

(b)the conditions set out in sub-paragraphs (a), (c), (e) and (f) of paragraph (2); and

(c)the following conditions—

(i)the standard of training must not be lower than that of full-time training; and

(ii)the total length of training in the specialty in question must not be less than that of full-time training in the same specialty.

(4) The curriculum and any other requirements relating to the training for the specialty, as they have effect from time to time, must be published.

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