GDC Compliance on the Internet

You expend so much effort ensuring that your practice is fully compliant with the regulations laid out by the GDC, yet one area that has been overlooked by the vast majority of practices across the UK is the internet.

There are so many issues to consider that are generally out with the remit of dentistry, that often the issues remain non-compliant. Although not life threatening (or even immediately threatening to your business) there is risk involved by ignoring any area of non-compliance. To this end, Defacto could take responsibility for assessing your internet touch points (website, social media) and address those areas which require attention. We can provide you with a report which not only covers GDC regulations, but also CQC and ICO requirements. We can also report to you on your overall internet performance, flagging up ways that would add value to your business.


The Defacto Report includes the following assessments:

Your website must include:

  • Your professional qualification and the country from which that qualification is derived
  • Your GDC registration number
  • The name and geographic address at which the dental service is provided
  • Contact details of the dental service, including e-mail address and telephone number
  • GDC’s address and other contact details, or a link to the GDC website
  • Details of the practice’s complaints procedure and information
  • The date the website was last updated
  • If you are a dentist and you are not on a GDC specialist list you must not use titles which may imply specialist status such as Orthodontist, Periodontist, Endodontist etc

We will also assess:

CQC  – Care Quality Commission

  • Opening hours
  • Emergency contact
  • Complaints procedure
  • Disability needs

ICO – Information Commission Office

  • Data protection registration
  • Privacy policy
  • Secure communication

Google Rating, which takes into account the following:

  • Google registration
  • Backlink assessment
  • Social Media Assessment

Our testing and reporting is carried out remotely and does not impact on your daily routines. The report will be emailed to you within 48 hours of engagement and costs only £50 + vat. For more information, please contact our Glasgow office on 0141 333 6535 or email us on

Defacto is committed to developing dental practices in line with GDC regulations and other industry standards. We have internet expertise that you can rely on.

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