New pay by instalments option for ARF introduced

The GDC has today announced that dental professionals will have a new option to pay their Annual Retention Fee (ARF) in four equal Direct Debit instalments from the next annual renewal period.

The new pay by instalments option is designed to support dental professionals who would find it helpful to spread the cost of the ARF over the year, with quarterly Direct Debit payments. For dental care professionals this will be quarterly Direct Debits of £28.50 and for dentists quarterly Direct Debits of £170.

Dental care professionals wishing to pay by instalments will be asked to log in to their eGDC account from early May and select the quarterly Direct Debit option by 31 May. The option will be available for dentists later in the year.

Dental professionals should not attempt to change their payment method just yet, as the GDC are still working behind the scenes to set up the process in eGDC. They will be making further announcements when systems are ready and available in May.