The GDC launched its consultation on changing its Fitness to Practise process, specifically in relation to the introduction of “Case Examiners”.

Case Examiners, comprising of both dentists and lay people, will look at cases prior to the Investigating Committee (IC) stage and will have powers to either conclude a case without further action; issue a letter of advice; issue a warning letter; or refer a case to one of the GDC’s committees. It is hoped that the use of Case Examiners will reduce the number of cases referred to the IC.  

The consultation opened on 07 February 2012 and ends on 30 April 2012.