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Results of CED General Meeting in The Hague

CED Press release of 25 May 2016


Representatives of CED Member and Observer organisations met in The Hague, The Netherlands on 20-21 May 2016 for the first General Meeting under the chairmanship of CED President Dr. Marco Landi. The meeting was hosted by the Royal Dutch Dental Association in the context of the Dutch EU Council Presidency. It started with a welcome address by Dr. Hendrike van Drie, acting President of the Royal Dutch Dental Association.



A dentist is qualified to carry out all acts performed by specialists and must not be forbidden to perform any activities of specialists. This was the statement unanimously adopted by the General Meeting on 20 May. The main difference between a dentist and a specialist is that the specialist is more likely to perform the activities related to the specialty in question on a daily basis. 

CED Statement on Specialist Dentists



Sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay, particularly among children and the elderly. European dentists are very much concerned with the increasing consumption of sugar by EU citizens and have unanimously adopted a resolution to raise awareness to decision-makers to the pain and suffering caused by this preventable disease. Reducing the frequency and amount of sugar consumption are crucial for the prevention of both dental and systemic diseases. The CED believes that action is required to help EU citizens to improve their food choices. 

CED Resolution on sugar



The impact of the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on mercury was also discussed by delegates. The Commission proposes that dental amalgam should be restricted to encapsulated form and the mandatory use of amalgam separators from 1 January 2019. “The proposal takes into account the opinions of both scientific committees SCHER and SCENIHR. I believe that it is well-considered, proportionate and balanced. We would now like to see Member States more engaged in tackling oral diseases, by setting national objectives for dental caries prevention and investing in oral health promotion programmes”, says Dr Susie Sanderson, Board Member and Chair of CED Working Group on Amalgam & Other Restorative Materials.

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European dentists also raised concerns on the future of dentistry. CED President Dr Marco Landi explains: “I am concerned with the commercial drivers affecting patients’ rights to receive dental healthcare in their best interests. The CED will be dedicating more resources to look into this issue”.



The Council of European Dentists (CED) is a European not-for-profit association which represents over 340,000 practising dentists through 32 national dental associations and chambers from 30 European countries. Its key objectives are to promote high standards of oral healthcare and effective patient-safety centred professional practice across Europe, including through regular contacts with other European organisations and EU institutions.


For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29

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