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CED Activities Info 2015/04

Issue 4 – September 2015




SECTION 1 - CED Activities

CED Board meets in Brussels

On 11 September the CED Board of Directors met in Brussels for a regular quarterly meeting. The Board reviewed activities of CED working bodies and noted developments in EU policy since its last meeting in May. The Board decided that the CED would participate in the Joint Action to support the eHealth Network (“JAseHN”) as a collaborating stakeholder (see here for our earlier article on the issue) and would contribute to the new Working Group on EU guidelines for assessing validity of data for the purposes of linking health apps to the electronic health records which is being established by the European Commission's DG CONNECT following the discussion at the mHealth stakeholder meeting in June. The Board also noted the preparations for the next trio of EU Council Presidencies Read more

Tackling infection control and waste: meeting with ECDC

On 18 September, the Working Group Infection Control & Waste Management met in Cyprus to discuss the draft CED position on waste water disposal and follow-up among others on the Commission’s circular economy strategy (changes to the Waste Directive are expected by the end of the year) as well as on the Commission’s initiative on maximisation of water reuse in the EU. The WG also took the opportunity to Read more

Working group education discusses Specialist training in dentistry

On 9 September, the Working Group Education & Professional Qualifications met online to discuss CED position on specialist training and scope of activity of specialist dentists. The discussion was productive but the topic still requires further debate among CED members. The group also took the opportunity to discuss CED external relations with ADEE and EDSA and to follow-up on future EU activities on continuous professional development for health professions and on the ESCO project. The group will meet the next time in Brussels on 4 March 2016.

Board Task Force Internal Market discusses sharing of workforce data, supports council position on data protection

Board Task Force Internal Market met in Brussels on 10 September to discuss and prepare the CED reply to a questionnaire and a comment on a set of recommendations on healthcare workforce data under Work Package 4 of the Joint Action on EU health workforce planning and forecasting. The questions related to the role the CED and national dental associations and chambers could play in Read more

Liberal professions

The CED Board Task Force Liberal Professions met online on 7 September to discuss its activities and to follow up on the European Commission's work with regard to liberal professions, in particular the working group 'Bolstering the Business of the Liberal Professions' set up in the framework of the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan. Task Force members discussed an oral parliamentary question on the Action Lines for Bolstering the Business of Liberal Professions, a report drafted by the Commission's working group in 2014. The question was debated during the European Parliament's plenary sitting on 8 September. The Commission replied that the report of the working group will be finalised by the end of the year. The Commission also informed that it will adopt on 21 October the Internal Market Strategy which will address the remaining barriers to services and further advance the integration of the single market in services.

Standardisation issues

On 3 July, the CED together with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to express their concerns with regard to the standardisation of healthcare services. The CED position on standardisation of healthcare services is available here. Read more

CED at annual meeting of European dental educators

From 26-29 August, the Chair of the CED Working Group Education and Professional Qualifications Prof Dr Paulo Melo attended ADEE Annual meeting in Szeged, Hungary. This year, the theme was “Learning together to improve oral health and quality of life”, and the Chair was able to participate in many enriching workshops and special interest groups, in particular on ethics & law and on lifelong learning. ADEE elected a new Read more

Cooperation with European dental students

The Working Group Chair Prof Dr Paulo Melo met the new EDSA Board at the gala dinner of the ADEE Annual Meeting on 28 August. During the dinner, CED and EDSA (European Dental Students Association) discussed about the bilateral meeting which will be held on 9 October at CED premises in Brussels. In particular, both organisations discussed about identifying areas of common interest and ways of increasing further cooperation. Read more

CED working groups: comings and goings

In this article we would like to remember those who left and welcome those who are joining CED working bodies. We start by thanking Prof Dr Konstantinos Oulis for his work and commitment to the CED all these years, now leaving the Working Group Education & Professional Qualifications, and warmly welcoming new members Prof Dr Fotios Tzerbos (Greece), Dr Freddie Sloth-Lisbjerg (Denmark) and Dr Miguel Ángel López-Andrade Jurado (Spain). Also our warm welcome goes to the new members of the Working Group Infection Control & Waste Management, Dr Jane Renehan (Ireland) and Dr Oleg Gladkov (Bulgaria), of the Board Task Force Internal Market, Ms Rocío Mirallas (Spain) and of the Board Task Force Ethics, Ms Ulrike Matthesius (United Kingdom).

SECTION 2 - Contributions by CED Members

Students compete to get young Danes to the dentist

Research shows that many young Danes skip the dentist. To change this tendency The Danish Dental Association has invited high school students to participate in a competition where the goal is to create a campaign that makes young people more aware of the importance of going to the dentist. The DDA looks forward to receiving many interesting proposals that can inspire when launching campaigns targeting young people. The DDA also hopes to influence those who participate in the competition so they become more aware of how important it is to prioritize the dentist.

Contributed by the Danish Dental Association.

BDA campaigning for sugary drinks tax

Sugar has been hitting the headlines in the UK, with leading chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign for a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve children’s health, alongside the advocacy organisation, Sustain. The BDA has been supporting Sustain’s Children’s Food Campaign, which includes calling on the UK Government to introduce a 20p per litre sugary drinks duty. The BDA is encouraging all UK dental professionals to raise awareness with parents about limiting the amount and frequency of sugar intake to protect their children’s oral health, as well as maintaining a good oral health routine. Resources are available from the BDA’s website, including videos, a fact sheet, posters and social media infographics for sharing, visit https://www.bda.org/sugar

Contributed by the British Dental Association.

Forecasting the demand for dentists in Finland

The Finnish Dental Association (FDA) is carrying out a foresight research to map the demand for dentists in Finland in 2035. The FDA has a supply forecast for the dentist workforce at its disposal (Figure). According to the forecast, the number of dentists will increase moderately in the coming years. Once the large number of dentists who graduated in the late 1970s and early 1980s retire within the next ten years, Finland will see an increase in the number of qualified dentists, since the number of graduates is far larger than the number of dentists retiring.

It is extremely important for the FDA to have advance information about the number of dentists that will have work in the future. This information can be used in reviewing the dentist student intake numbers, for example.

As a general rule, it is thought that the demand for dental care will increase in Finland in the coming years as the population retain their natural teeth while getting older. At the same time, other factors such as changes in distribution of work and health policies, e.g. those regarding funding, will have an impact on the demand for dentists.

According to public finances experts, due to the conditions set by the Finnish economy, increase in the demand for care cannot translate into a corresponding increase in the demand for workforce. It is therefore essential that productivity is enhanced.

The forecast is based on various comprehensive data sources. A survey among the members of the FDA was carried out in spring 2015 to collect the members' views of how the demand for dentists will develop (50% agreed that the ratio of current population to active dentist, 1.200, will also be suitable in the future). In the next phase the aim is to invite a large team of specialists to discuss the question from various perspectives. As another important aspect of the foresight research, the FDA also follows the progress the Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting (JA EUHWF) which is a three year project funded by the Health Programme of the European Union and in which the CED participates as an Associated Partner.

For more information, please contact FDA’s Senior Researcher Jaakko Koivumäki jaakko.koivumaki@hammaslaakariliitto.fi.

Contributed by the Finnish Dental Association Read more


Closer ties with medicine coupled with recent developments in technology are the key to improving dental health worldwide: this was a consensus statement voiced by an important group of international experts during the Italian Dental Association’s, Associazione Italiana Odontoiatri's (AIO), 8th International Congress held from June 11 to 13, 2015 in Chia, Sardegna. The congress which hosted over 900 attendees from more than 30 different countries was a success without precedent. Entitled Dentistry Beyond Borders, it explored future challenges in dentistry while demonstrating that the confines of dentistry are no longer the esthetics of a perfectly recreated smile but include the entire oral and perioral area of the face. An important part of the congress was dedicated to the politics of dentistry seen as a universal issue. With the worlds economic crisis causing patients to avoid going to the dentist for fear of costly fees, AIO president Pierluigi Delogu together with FDI speaker Gerhard Seeberger, representatives of the ADA along with other leaders from organized dentistry reflected on what we, as dentists and dental associations, can do to provide better access to care concluding that prevention is the most effective means of reducing the negative impact of dental pathology on individual patients, nations economies and society as a whole. Using the congress as a podium, the AIO launched a proposal to join forces with other Mediterranean countries aimed at establishing a wide range of continuing education programs that respect patient's ideals of esthetics in an ever changing multiethnic and multicultural world.

Contributed by AIO

Unanimous agreement to request the creation of Dentistry specialties in Spain

Madrid, July 2015 - The Spanish Dental Association together with its affiliated Scientific Societies and the Conference of Deans of Dentistry, have reached the first agreement to jointly request to the Ministries of Education and Health the creation of official specialties in Dentistry.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held in July 16, which was attended by Dr. Óscar Castro, President of the Spanish Dental Association; the Chairman of the Specialties Committee of the Association; the President of the Conference of Deans of Dentistry; and a representation of the Scientific Societies. There, they agreed on a document containing the basis for the creation of the specialties in Dentistry which will soon be transferred to the Ministries of Health and Education.

Thus, the Spanish Dental Association, the University and the Scientific Societies seek to equate the Spanish official qualifications with the rest of the member countries of the European Union, ensuring equal access to specialized training. This document is a historical and priority claim for the Spanish Dentistry that will improve the training of professionals and the healthcare services offered to patients.

The creation of official specialties must be conducted in accordance with EU regulations and Spanish law and will not affect the competence of graduates in Dentistry, or the access to training or professional development activities.

Contributed by the Spanish Dental Association

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