All Europeans, regardless of their socio-economic status, are entitled to proper healthcare. This includes oral health which cannot be neglected as it is connected to essentially every aspect of our lives. Problems with oral health can affect our ability to taste, chew and eat, as well as to smile and speak, and impact on everything from our general health to our capacity to communicate and function in our personal and professional roles.
Policymakers, health professionals, academics and representatives of healthcare organisations had a chance to discuss this at the CED event “Health Inequalities – Oral Health for All” at the European Parliament on 19 June 2017, hosted by MEP Nessa Childers.view press release
The Council of European Dentists is concerned about the growth of third party payers in the field of provision of dental care and treatment and its implications for oral health policy. The CED has therefore passed a resolution that sets out some important principles and policies which prioritise the welfare of patients and respect the ethical and professional responsibilities and rights of the dental profession.view press release
The CED published its 2017 Annual Report today. The report "Committed to the patients, the public, the profession" is a comprehensive document of the CED's activities in 2017, including political resolutions and the main focus of the CED Working Groups and Task Forces.view press release
European dentists, pharmacists and doctors welcome the outcome of the negotiations on the proposal for a Directive on a proportionality test as a better balance between the need to safeguard health and the economic objectives of the Directive than the Commission proposal.view press release
CED President Dr. Marco Landi met with the President of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), Prof. Stéphanie Tubert-Jeannin to sign the position statement calling for Member States to prevent illegal education practices by complying with all provisions listed in the Professional Qualifications Directive (PQD).
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The Council of European Dentists (CED), the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) welcome the decision of the European Parliament to vote in favor of the report on the next long-term EU budget – the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) - presented by the Committee on Budgets.view press release
The CED raises concern about the classification of dental occupations in the European Classification of Skills/Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). Reviewing the first full version of ESCO, the CED noted that some definitions are not the same than those preliminary consulted with the stakeholders, particularly the occupation of “Dental assistants and therapists” and “Medical and Dental Prosthetic Technicians”. The CED calls on the EU institutions, to revise the dental occupations in ESCO, taking into account the potential consequences the current version can have on patient safety and quality of care. Full text of the position statement can be found here.
From baby teeth to false teeth: Dentists should be part of an integrated care team throughout a patient’s life. Ageing societies, multi-morbidities, changing diets – these and many more factors are reasons why it is important to include dentists from the start, both in prevention and treatment. Young children suffering from early caries show a much higher risk later on for illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular diseases while elderly patients’ oral health rapidly decreases once they enter nursing home facilities.view press release
On 18 October 2017, in a meeting hosted by MEP Lieve Wierinck and MEP Dr Peter Liese, the Council of European Dentists (CED), the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) brought EU and national stakeholders together to discuss ‘Economics vs Health? An EU Proportionality Test for Health Professions’.view press release
The Council of European Dentists notes with worry the disquieting news about the ongoing collective protest action by junior doctors in Poland. Following repeated unsuccessful appeals to the Polish authorities, medical doctors in specialist training are asking the government to raise the level of public expenditure on health care to respond to the health needs of the population and improve their working conditions.view press release
The Court reaffirms that protection of health and life of humans take priority in EU Treaties. The CED welcomes the judgement and urges the Commission and Member States to ensure that the protection of public health is considered a priority in policy making.view press release
Doctors, Dentists and Veterinarians welcome the new European One Health action plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).view press release
Representatives of CED Member and Observer organisations met in Valletta, Malta on 26-27 May 2017 for the regular biannual General Meeting under the chairmanship of the CED President Dr. Marco Landi. The meeting was hosted by the Dental Association of Malta in the context of the Maltese EU Council Presidency.view press release
The CED published its 2016 Annual Report today. The report "Caring for Patients, Promoting Professionalism" is a comprehensive document of the CED's activities in 2016, including political resolutions and achievements of the CED Working Groups and Task Forces.view press release
On 17 February, CED President Dr. Marco Landi met with the President of the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), Professor Paganelli.view press release
European dentists, doctors and pharmacists conclude: proposed proportionality tests for professional regulation ignore public interest and threaten quality and safety of patient careview press release
On 2 December 2016 representatives of CED member and observer organisations met in Brussels, Belgium, for a regular six-monthly General Meeting, under the chairmanship of President Dr. Marco Landi.view press release
On 15 September 2016, CED President Dr Marco Landi and CPME President Dr Jacques de Haller met to discuss recent trends in dental and medical professions.
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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.
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Today the CED publishes its annual report for 2015. Entitled "Dentistry in Europe: a responsible and accountable profession", the report summarises CED activities, political resolutions and the achievements of CED working groups and task forces in 2015.view press release
CED President Dr. Marco Landi and the President of the ADEE Prof. Dr. Corrado Paganelli met in Brussels. They discussed different areas of collaboration between the two organisations. Ethics was singled out as an issue of particular importance.view press release
Representatives of CED member and observer organisations met in Brussels, Belgium on 20 November 2015 for a regular six-monthly General Meeting, under the chairmanship of the outgoing President Dr. Wolfgang Doneus. During the plenary session, the CED members elected Dr. Marco Landi as new CED President for a three-year term. Dr. Hans Schrangl (Austria) and Dr. Piret Väli (Estonia) were elected as Directors and Dr. Alexander Tolmeijer was re-elected as Director. They join the current Directors Dr. Pirkko Grönroos (Finland), Dr. Roland L'Herron (France), Dr. Peter Engel (Germany) and Dr. Susie Sanderson (United Kingdom). The new CED Board assumed its powers on 21 November. The CED members also discussed the Professional Qualifications Directive and renewed mandates of CED Working Groups Infection Control, Amalgam and Other Restorative Materials and Tooth Whitening Products.view press release
The Council of European Dentists (CED) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) are pleased to celebrate 12 September, the European Oral Health Day
On the occasion of the European Oral Health Day, the two organisations would like to raise awareness about oral cancer and stress the importance of early detection and prevention of the disease. Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lip, tongue and oral cavity remains a highly lethal and very aggressive disease and is one of the most disfiguring of all cancers, especially in cases of late diagnosis. Globally, it is the 8th most common cancer and the10th most common in Europe with around 75,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the EU. Incidence is still higher in men than in women and in older than in younger persons although in some European countries incidence is increasing rapidly among women and young people. However, awareness and knowledge of the disease among the public remain poor.view press release
On 11 September 2015, a day before the European Oral Health Day, the CED publishes the report on 'Oral Cancer - Dentists Saving Lives'.view press release
On 4 June 2015, the CED published its annual report for 2014. Entitled "CED in an election year", the report summarises CED activities in the context of European Parliament elections and of the new European Commission. Political resolutions adopted in 2014 and the achievements of CED working groups and task forces are also presented.view press release
The Council of European Dentists (CED) will celebrate the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2015.
This year's Day will be an opportunity for the CED to focus on the theme of oral cancer. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lip, tongue and oral cavity. It is the 10th most common cancer in Europe, with around 75,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the EU. Incidence is still higher in men than in women. The disease remains highly lethal and very aggressive and is one of the most disfiguring of all cancers.view press release
Efforts to educate European citizens on how to dispose of unused or expired medicines correctly have this week been scaled up with the launch of a social media campaign. More information visit www.medsdisposal.eu or see the video here.view press release
Representatives of CED member and observer organisations met in Riga, Latvia on 29 and 30 May 2015 for a regular six-monthly General Meeting, under the chairmanship of CED President Dr. Wolfgang Doneus and hosted by the Latvian Dental Association. European dentists adopted policy on standardisation of healthcare, dental team, Common Training Frameworks in dentistry and whitening lamps and expressed their concerns about TTIP.view press release
Products of the borate family are frequently used in beauty salons for the purpose of tooth whitening. The Council of European Dentists (CED) warns the public about the dangers of borate products. Furthermore, to safeguard public health, the Council of European Dentists urges the National Authorities in Member States to take initiative to ensure that no such cancerogenic products are utilised for tooth whitening nor avalaible on the market.view press release
Representatives of CED member and observer organisations met in Brussels, Belgium on 21 November 2014 for a regular six-monthly General Meeting, under the chairmanship of CED President Dr. Wolfgang Doneus. European dentists adopted policy on infection control, called for responsible use of antibiotics and expressed their concerns about standardisation of healthcare services.view press release
Antibiotic resistance has increased in the past years to the point that now constitutes a serious risk to public health. The lack of effectiveness of existing antibiotics combined with the lack of new antibiotic treatments, raises serious concerns and demands a joint response.Read more
On the occasion of the European Oral Health Day, the two organisations stress that diabetes mellitus is a disease with concomitant oral manifestations that impact dental care. It is often associated with periodontal disease and studies revealed a significantly greater rate of progression of periodontal disease among people with diabetes, compared with those without.view press release
The CED will celebrate the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2014. This year’s Day will focus on the theme of ‘Oral Health and Diabetes’. Diabetes mellitus is a syndrome of abnormal carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism that results in acute and chronic complications due to the absolute or relative lack of insulin. It is a disease with concomitant oral manifestations that impact dental care.view press release
During the CED General Meeting on 23 and 24 May 2014 in Athens, Greece, CED Members adopted resolutions on vocational training, antimicrobial resistance and online evaluations of dentists, and decided that the theme of the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2014 will be ‘Oral health and diabetes’.view press release
During the CED General Meeting on 22 November 2013, CED Members re-elected the CED Treasurer and three Directors, adopted a CED Position on the Minamata Convention concerning dental amalgam, updated CED Resolutions on responsible practice and on dental amalgam and welcomed the final adoption of the revised Professional Qualifications Directive.view press release
The Council of European Dentists (CED) is pleased to celebrate 12 September, the European Oral Health Day.
On the occasion of the European Oral Health Day, European dentists stress that tobacco is one of the greatest public health challenges the world faces today.view press release
The Council of European Dentists (CED) will celebrate the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2013.
This year’s Day will focus on the theme of ‘Oral Health and Tobacco’. Tobacco is one of the greatest public health challenges the world faces today. Every year tobacco kills around 700,000 people. It is responsible for the mostly untreatable cancers in the mouth and the throat and other diseases and conditions of the mouth.view press release
CED General Meeting which took place in Dublin, Ireland on 24 and 25 May 2013, unanimously adopted a resolution on continuing professional development and a resolution on the proposed tobacco products Directive. CED Members also confirmed their position on medical devices legislation and decided that the theme of the European Oral Health Day on 12 September 2013 will be ‘Oral health and tobacco’.view press release
The CED and other stakeholders composing the Healthcare Coalition on Data Protection issued on 29 January 2013 a joint statement and a press release expressing concerns on the potential negative impact of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation on healthcare.view press release
On 18 January 2013, CED and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) issued a Joint Statement in connection to the Professional Qualifications Directive. The two called for basic dental training to be expressed not only in years (5 years of full-time study) but also in hours (5000 hours) and ECTS (300 ECTS). They also welcomed amending the description of dental practitioners’ activities in the Directive without listing exclusions and supported updating dental practitioners’ knowledge and competences through delegated acts while specifying that the Commission should consult and integrate the relevant stakeholders’ positions in this process. The statement is available here.view press release
During the CED General Meeting on 23 November 2012, CED Members re-elected Dr. Wolfgang Doneus as the CED President, adopted a Resolution on eHealth and a draft Charter for Liberal Professions, and discussed issues including dental amalgam and the Professional Qualifications Directive.view press release
The CED is carrying out an annual survey to report to the European Commission on the undesirable effects caused by tooth whitening or bleaching products observed by dentists or reported by patients themselves. The first report will cover the period from 31 October 2012 to 31 October 2013. For further information see this link.
The Council of European Dentists (CED) is pleased to celebrate 12 September, the World Oral Health Day.
On the occasion of the World Oral Health Day, European dentists stress that oral health strongly impacts and is impacted by our general health.view press release
On 26 June 2012 the Council of European Dentists (CED) organised a debate on oral and general health in the European Parliament in Brussels. CED President Dr. Wolfgang Doneus and chair of CED Working Group Oral Health Dr. Paula Vassallo lead the discussion. Frauke Müller, professor and chair for gerodontology at the University of Geneva and Secretary of the European College of Gerodontology was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included representatives of European associations of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and midwifes, as well as a representative of patients. Report and materials from the event are now available on our website.
CED General Meeting which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 and 12 May 2012, unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the use of nitrous oxide inhalation sedation in dentistry. CED members also adopted a position paper on the European Commission’s proposal to amend the Professional Qualifications Directive and again called for enhancing reporting obligations of manufacturers of custom-made medical devices, to increase transparency, traceability and the free choice of end users.
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Representatives of the CED, meeting in Brussels on 18 November 2011 for a regular 6-monthly General Meeting , commemorated the 50th anniversary of the CED. CED President Dr Wolfgang Doneus recalled that the CED, established as the Dental Liaison Committee in 1961, evolved over the years into a fully autonomous political body, providing an authentic voice for practising European dentists in EU policies.
CED members also adopted positions on dental amalgam and on infection control.view press release
On 7 November 2011, the European umbrella organisations of the seven sectoral professions (dentists, doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, veterinarians and architects) issued a joint statement on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC), setting out the fundamental principles the Commission should take into consideration when preparing the legislative proposal for the modernisation.view press release
According to a decision by the Council of the European Union on 20 September 2011, the use of tooth whitening products containing more than 0.1% of hydrogen peroxide will only be allowed after clinical examination and first treatment by a dentist. The CED welcomed the decision as an important step towards ensuring patient safety and removing any uncertainty as to how or by whom tooth whitening should be performed in the EU.view press release
On 15 March 2011, the CED and the European umbrella organisations of the other six sectoral professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, veterinarians and architects) issued a joint statement, warning against the undermining of the training requirements and the weakening of the standards for access to the professions in the modernisation of the Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications.view press release
CED members elected a new Board of Directors, adopted a resolution on dental amalgam and established a new CED Working Group on oral health.view press release
The 2017 CED Annual Report, summarising our political priorities and most important activities is now available on our website. Political resolutions adopted in 2017 and the main focus of CED working groups and task forces are also presented.Read more