The General Dental Council (GDC) not only maintains the register of dental practitioners but also maintains the specialist lists.
The GDC is also the sole competent authority with ultimate responsibility for specialist training and standards of practice in the UK.
All trainees are allocated individual training numbers by the Postgraduate Dental Deans. The trainee is regularly assessed to ensure progress in specialist training. The assessment process is called the RITA assessment (record of in-training assessment).