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Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS)

19 August 2009

The Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS) is the oldest continuously existing dental qualification in the United Kingdom.  Begun in 1860, under a charter by HM Queen Victoria in The 1858 Medical Act, it granted the Royal College of Surgeons the power to institute and hold examinations for the purpose of testing the fitness of persons to practise as dentists and to grant certificates of such fitness.

In Spring 2010 the LDS will be offered to candidates, having undergone an update of the regulations.  The amended regulations and new syllabus will facilitate an appropriate test of the skills, knowledge and understanding of dentists as they embrace the standards and outcomes described by the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom for dental undergraduate training and education.

Please see the College Examination section for further details shortly.