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


Le 28 mai l’assemblée mondiale de la santé a adopté la résolution de l’O.M.S. sur la santé bucco-dentaire. Sa dimension la rend inédite. Un plan d’action doit la traduire dans les Etats dont ceux de l’UE, de l’EEE et des pays candidats.

En 2022 suivra une stratégie mondiale sur la lutte contre les affections bucco-dentaires.

D’ici 2023 sera dressé un « plan d’action pour la santé publique bucco-dentaire ». Il assurera un suivi des progrès fixé pour chacun des objectifs. 

Ceux de santé publique fixés pour l’OMS. 

Ceux fixés aux Etats pour qu’ils intègrent mieux la santé bucco-dentaire dans leurs politiques nationales de santé, par exemple en mettant l’accent sur « des mesures de prévention et sur l’accès aux soins bucco-dentaires primaires au titre des prestations relevant de la couverture sanitaire universelle »

Ceux fixés aux professionnels (notamment une meilleure participation aux définitions des politiques nationales mais aussi une création de professions intermédiaires) et ceux offerts aux patients puisque “la plupart des affections bucco-dentaires sont en grande partie évitables et peuvent être traitées à un stade précoce” selon l’O.M.S..

Les régulateurs des professions dentaires réunis au sein de la FEDCAR -et qui sont chargés de garantir la qualité des professionnels autorisés à pratiquer auprès des patients- ne peuvent que se féliciter de cette nouvelle ambition que s’est choisie l’OMS pour les dix années prochaines.

We welcome the draft adequacy decision on the UK data protection regime issued by the European Commission on 19th February 2021. Protecting the benefits of the free flow of personal data must be a top priority. The absence of an adequacy decision would negatively impact the UK and EU health sectors and their patients. We urge the European Data Protection Board and the European Parliament to support the ruling and National Governments to approve the draft decision. 

Full position paper available here.

Today from 2 to 6pm in our Autumn Meeting different speakers from and outside the EU are going to address this major and key issue, in particular :

Hannah Pugh, Head of Upstream Regulation, will present the General Dental Council’s reports on “Professionalism” and on “Preparedness for Practice of UK Graduates 2020”.

Daniel Faulkner, newly appointed Registrar, will present the Participation of Lay Persons in the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

We understand that as oral health professionals, and given the virus’ means of spread that can make you particularly vulnerable, you are concerned about the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the decisions you need to take to provide the best care in those difficult circumstances.

The intensity of outbreaks and the availability of protective equipment vary across Europe (see for instance here a clear infography from England).

Professional chambers, public health bodies, government officials and employers ensure that patients receive appropriate advice, care and support and that dental practitioners have the best information, environment and equipment to provide safe care and advice.

In all circumstances the primary concern of those that are on our registers is not to endanger the patient’s health. This concern introduces the entire FEDCAR code of ethics. In times of crisis, it takes on a special significance.

In practice, while many members -of public or private nature- within FEDCAR have recommended or forced practitioners to close their practices, they also have organised a local or national system of emergencies for oral health care in order to find out:

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Nous comprenons qu’en tant que professionnels de la santé bucco-dentaire et compte-tenu des moyens de propagation du virus qui vous fragilisent particulièrement, vous soyez inquiets au sujet du coronavirus (Covid-19) et des décisions à prendre pour fournir les meilleurs soins dans des circonstances difficiles.

L’intensité des foyers de l’épidémie et la disponibilité des équipements de protection varient en Europe.

Les ordres, les organismes de santé publique, les responsables gouvernementaux et les employeurs garantissent que les patients reçoivent les conseils, les soins et le soutien appropriés et que les praticiens dentaires disposent des meilleures informations, du meilleur environnement et des meilleurs équipements pour fournir des soins ainsi que des conseils sûrs.

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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.

Autumn meeting in Paris, November 2019. From let to right : Dr Orlando Monteiro (2019 Chair), Dr Christian Winkelman (General Secretary), Dr Serge Fournier (President of French Council of Dental Surgeons/ONCD).
FEDCAR members along with dental students from EDSA and with Canadian colleagues from Ordre des Dentistes du Québec et from Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr Winkelman (General Secretary of FEDCAR) and Dr Monteiro da Silva (2019 Chair of FEDCAR).
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 (2019).
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


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 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

    Registrar of Dental Council of Ireland

  • Dr Tom Ulvelling
    2020/2021 Chair

    Vice-President of Medical College of Luxemburg

  • 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 Miguel Pavão

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
Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel

Heidi Therese Nordstrøm
Senior Adviser/ seniorrådgiver/ jurist & avdeling autorisasjon


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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Conseil national de l’ordre des chirurgiens-dentistes
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