Following on from the 2005 Section 60 Order amendment to The Dentists' Act, the GDC removed the restriction on the number of Dental Body Corporates (DBCs) as from 31st July 2006.
Incorporation can occur in the form of a limited company or a limited liability partnership (LLP). The financial and administrative advantages and disadvantages of each are well documented in the latest BDA advice sheet entitled “Companies and LLPs”. These issues are business matters which fall outside of DPL's remit.
The GDC requirements are, however, issues that DPL does need to be aware of, and the major changes here are that both dentists and registered dental care professionals (DCPs) can now be directors of DBCs and that there must be a majority of registrants who make up the board of directors of a DBC.
There is no requirement for the GDC to be made aware of the existence of a DBC unless the words “dental” or “dentistry” are used within the name of a DBC. For further information see the GDC website
DPL recommends that DBCs should arrange suitable indemnity cover in the name of the company, in addition to personal indemnity arrangements made for registrants working within the DBC.
For further information concerning corporate indemnity please contact:
Alan M Cohen, Senior Dento-Legal Consultant
Dental Protection Ltd
33 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0PS
Issued 28 August 2013