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Performers List Validation by Experience

When the Department of Health for England introduced the new dental contract in 2006 they made changes to how people could enter the Dental Performers List for England and Wales. All dentists wishing to join the Performers List in England and Wales must show they either have

  • A Foundation Training number and Certificate (post 1993)
  • Are exempt from the regulations because of having practised in a European Union country and were registered there
  • or have to demonstrate equivalence to foundation training via the competence assessment route. 

Who needs to demonstrate equivalence?

UK graduate pre- 1993 and wish to move from one Area Team Performers list to another in England or Wales or enter the list of a Area Team for the first time
A non EU graduate, eg who has gained Registration with the GDC by passing the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) or IQE.

You will have to demonstrate Foundation training by equivalence. The reason for having to do this is to demonstrate that you are a safe and competent practitioner when viewed against current standards.

Use the tiles below to find information about PLVE requirements and for contact details of Health Education England Offices/Deaneries.



Information for
EEA and Overseas Dentists


HEE guidances

Health Education England
PLVE Guidance


HEE Area Offices

Health Education England
Office/Deanery Contacts


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