FEDCAR is the Federation of European Dental Competent Authorities and Regulator About


The Council of European Dentists (CED) and the Federation of Dental Regulators (FEDCAR) are collaborating to call on the European Commission, in its future report on the implementation of EU Directive 2005/36/EC, to recognise that there is a need to foster a mutual confidence in the quality of dental education. We make this call as the directive obliges Member States to automatically recognise dental qualifications from other Member States.

We call for additional measures to ensure that the quality of dental education, and especially the clinical component, is comprehensively evaluated in particular in regards of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. These measures are necessary to enhance mutual confidence and to ensure the proper functioning of the Single Market. We call on the Commission to ensure that these measures include:

  • the possibility for a Member State to remove recognition for the purposes of professional registration from institutions falling seriously short of the standards required to train dental students to practice safely on graduation;
  • the amendment of Directive 2005/36 in order to set up a mandatory system of a public, regular and independent assessment of all institutions providing a qualification in dentistry.

The process of adoption has ended today in Paris at the FEDCAR meeting. This joint call will be circulated to the EU Commission as well as to national governments. Full text of the position can be soon accessed here.

Further information: ced@cedentists.eu & info@fedcar.eu

About CED
The Council of European Dentists (CED) represents over 340,000 dentists across Europe and is composed of 32 national dental associations from 30 European countries.

The European Federation of Dental Competent Authorities and Regulators (FEDCAR) represents 22 European orders and bodies responsible for the regulation, the registration and the supervision of dental practitioners.

When facing a scientific or even commercial evolution, the focus of healthcare professions’ deontology is unchanged : patient’s protection prevails.

In the latest edition of HPCB newsletter, Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva, President of Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, Chair of FEDCAR, reports on it.

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Lors de sa réunion du 10 mai présidée par l’ordre portugais dentaire, l’Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, les membres de la FEDCAR ont adopté le plaidoyer suivant à propos de la déontologie professionnelle et de la dentisterie d’entreprise :

“A travers l’Europe, tous les professionnels de santé réglementés doivent se conformer aux codes législatifs, réglementations et procédures conçus pour protéger l’intérêt du public. Plusieurs régulateurs de professions de santé ont le pouvoir d’appliquer des mesures disciplinaires en cas de manquements à ces exigences.

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Following its last meeting hosted in Porto on 10 May by the Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, FEDCAR has adopted the following advocacy relating to ethics and corporate dentistry :

«Throughout Europe, all regulated health professionals must comply with legislative codes, regulations and procedures designed to protect the public interest. Several health regulators have the power to apply disciplinary measures for breaches in these requirements.

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The European Parliament elections of 2019 will help to define the future direction of the EU. The Federation of Dental Regulators is putting forward four priorities which it urges the newly elected European legislators to focus on.

Download the FEDCAR’s manifesto


What is FEDCAR?

FEDCAR is the Federation of European Dental Competent Authorities and Regulators.

We bring together European orders and bodies responsible for the regulation, the registration and the supervision of dental practitioners. We share information and good practices on the regulation of dentists and aim at promoting common positions to the EU legislator regarding initiatives and legislation at European level which affect the regulation of dental professionals.

FEDCAR delegates at the Porto meeting, hosted by the Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas, May 2019.
Mrs Marta Temido, Health Minister of Portugal, along with Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva, chair of FEDCAR.
FEDCAR’s declaration on Corporate Dentistry, May 2019.
Mrs Marta Temido, Health Minister of Portugal, along with Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva, chair of FEDCAR.
FEDCAR meeting of 25 November 2016 with Canadian and European dental regulators in the premises of the Conseil national des chirurgiens-dentistes, following the signature of the EU-Canada Agreement
Barcelona meeting, May 2016
ADEE and FEDCAR gathered around the issue of dental education in Europe.


FEDCAR is the Federation of Europeen Dental Competent Autorities and Regulators bringing together European chambers, councils and public bodies responsible for the regulation, the registration and the supervision of dental practitioner.
Following informal meetings since 2000, FEDCAR – under the former name of “CODE” – was formally created on the 3rd April 2004 by the Roma Declaration.
The mission of Regulators and Competent Authorities is to ensure at the domestic level that practitioners cope with their professional duty and deontology.
Contrary to associations or trades, Regulators and Competent Authorities in FEDCAR deal with any practitioner whatever is the form of his or her exercise: company, independent worker, employed worker in hospital or in university, general practitioner or specialist.

Our Objectives, Code & Position Papers

FEDCAR’s objectives are:

  • > To promote patient safety across Europe
  • > To promote a high standard of dental regulation and of dental care in Europe
  • > To contribute to the safe facilitation of dental professional mobility within the EU

Our Code of Conduct details this threefold concern.

The Code is available on a permanent basis on this site (see the sections at the beginning of the web-site).
We also share information and good practices on the regulation of dentists and we aim to develop opinions and statements on new initiatives and legislation at European level which affect the regulation of dental professionals.

In 2016 our position-paper regards the risks associated with the use of tooth whitening without dental supervision in Europe.

In 2017 our position-papers regard :

  • the use by dental regulators of the Alert Mechanism in Europe regarding sanctions adopted against a dental practitioner (in English and in French languages);
  • the exclusion of Public Health professions from the scope of application of draft Directive on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions, or alternatively, a more balanced approach in this draft Directive of the specificity of Public Health professions as the Legislator already did in other pieces of EU legislation (in English and in French languages).

On an individual basis, members have also participated to Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders‘ initiatives that led to the Portugal Agreement in 2007 and to the major Edinburgh Agreement in 2005 focussing on registration and disciplinary information exchange between health regulators.


FEDCAR’s Secretariat is located in Brussels, hosted by the French Chamber of Dentists.
FEDCAR holds two plenary meetings a year: a Spring meeting in the country which holds the Presidency that year and an Autumn meeting in Paris.

For further information on FEDCAR & on the conditions for joining it, please contact:

Members of the FEDCAR board

  • David O’Flynn

    Dental Council of Ireland

  • Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva

    President of the Portuguese Dental Chamber
    (Ordem dos médicos dentistas)

  • Dr Miguel Angel López-Andrade Jurado

    Consejo Dentistas
    (Spanish Council of Dentists)

  • Dr Christian Winkelmann
    General Secretary

    Vice-President of the French Council of Dentists

Country’s members & partners

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Order of dentists of Albania

Dr Nikoll Deda

Conseil de l’art dentaire

Mme Aurélie Somer
Président du Conseil de l’art dentaire
Expert Coordination stratégique des Professions de santé

Steinberg Pascale

Dental Chamber of Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prim. Muhić

Croatian Dental Chamber

Jasminka Polic
Secretary General

Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens-dentistes

Dr Jean-Marc Richard
Vice-President in charge of Europe

Egészségügyi Engedélyezési és Közigazgatási Hivatal
(Office of Health Authorisation and Administrative Procedures)

Zsolt Bélteki
Head of Department (Migration and Human Resources Methodology)

Dental Council of Ireland

David O’Flynn

Federazione Nazionale Degli Ordini Dei Medici Chirurghi E Dgli Odontoiatri

Dr Massimo Ferrero

Collège médical du Grand Duché

Dr Tom Ulveling
Chargé des Relations avec la FEDCAR

Medical Council of Malta

Dr David Muscat

Collège des Chirurgiens-dentistes

Dr Bruno Michel Fissore

Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas

Dr Orlando Monteiro da Silva

Zdravniška zbornica Slovenije
(Medical Chamber of Slovenia)

Matjaž Gorkič

Staš Stanislav Naglič

Illustro consejo general de odontologos y estomatologos de Espana

Dr. Miguel Angel López-Andrade Jurado
Chair of FEDCAR

United Kingdom
General Dental Council

Patrick Kavanagh

Policy Manager

National Board of Health
Sundhedsstyrelsen Tilsyn og Patientsikkerhed
(Danish Health and Medicines authority Supervision and Patient Safety)

Sara Schrøder
Overtandlæge (Chief Dental Officer)

Healthcare Board

Üllar Kaljumäe

Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel

Margrethe Limm Ruvina
Senior Adviser

Chamber of DentistsMrs Simona Dianiskova

The Department of Regulations and Licences
(The National Board of Health and Welfare)www.socialstyrelsen.se
Office Fédéral de la Formation Professionnelle et de la Technologie

Frédéric Berthoud
Coordinator for diplomas recognition

Société Suisse d’Odonto-stomatologie

Nadine Facchinetti
Lic. en Droit, LL.M.
Suppléante de la responsable de Division
Responsable du projet LPMéd

Code of Conduct of FEDCAR for European Dentists

“Compliance with the professional rules regarding, in particular, the independence, dignity and honor of the profession, professional secrecy and fairness towards clients and other members of the profession” is a principle that is recognized by the EU judge and that is encouraged by the EU legislator.

The FEDCAR’s members have therefore agreed with common rules of conduct that should run a dentist’s professional activity anywhere in Europe.




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