The Association for Dental Education in Europe (A.D.E.E.) and the Federation of European Dental Regulators (F.E.D.C.A.R.) welcome the W.H.A.’s adoption on 24 May of the global oral health strategy. They look forward to feeding the W.H.O.’s consultation in the coming weeks that will lay the groundforthe Action Plan in charge of detailing and implementing this strategy in the very diverse national context of the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly.
Europe of Health and the Future of Quality Assurance
Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) is an informal partnership of professional healthcare regulators.
Its purpose is to support patient safety in Europe through effective regulation across borders. It works in the context of free movement of healthcare professionals in Europe. In its last newsletter an article reverts on the modernization of quality-insurance that is targeted by the EU Commission in its European Strategy of Universities published in January and commented by Education Ministers in April.
In France, the Observatoire Prospectif des Métiers et des Qualifications dans les Professions Libérales published in November 2021 a -well detailed- study – on “The dental team in Europe ».
From the comparison of France with 6 countries (Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom) appears the obvious : the national organization of the healthcare covering and of the out-of-pocket costs is the determining criterion for the organization, size and profitability of a more or less extended dental team.
In that context the study identifies 3 basic trends :
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 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).
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:
Egészségügyi Engedélyezési és Közigazgatási Hivatal
(Office of Health Authorisation and Administrative Procedures)
Head of Department (Migration and Human Resources Methodology)
Société Suisse d’Odonto-stomatologie
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.