CED General Meeting in Brussels
On 2 December 2016, representatives of the Council of European Dentists (member and observer organisations) met in Brussels, Belgium, for their ordinary bi-annual General Meeting. CED President, Dr Marco Landi, was chairing the session. The EDSA, now a CED observer member for 2 years, was represented by its Executive (General Secretary and Vice-President).
During the plenary session, CED members were invited to vote for three new Directors and for a Treasurer. Many topics were discussed, most importantly, the CED Resolution on ANNEX V.3/5.3.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC (Professional Qualifications Directive).
CED members adopted the Revised Resolution on ANNEX V.3/5.3.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC (PQD) related to the profession of dentist. This is the annex that EDSA has been working on extensively in the past years. The CED proposes three types of changes to Annex V.3/5.3.1: changes of the names of the subjects, exclusion of some subjects from the study programme, and addition of other subjects. The annex, which dates back to 2005, is considered to be outdated and needs to be revised to fit contemporary dental practice.
The CED states that it is extremely important to update the study programme for dental practitioners both in terminology and in content, and to provide dental practitioners with concrete skills in order to permit them practicing their profession in the contemporary world successfully.
The need for clinical practice has been emphasized in a category of subjects now entitled:
"Preclinical dentistry and comprehensive clinical experience with patients". In the spirit, clinical training would be mandatory; however, in the letter, a firm number of clinical hours has not been specified. To date, there is no consensus on a minimum number of clinical hours required to reach competence; the subject is still to be discussed by CED Members, based on experts recommendations and scientific publications.
Of course, this CED Revised Resolution is a reference paper that will be used for advocacy towards European stakeholders and European MEPs (Members of the European Parliament). The spirit of this documents needs to be preserved during this legislative process.
The EDSA is very proud to be part of the great progress and will continue to collaborate with the CED and the other European Structures for a harmonized, quality education in all member states.”