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Introduction and Aims

DentCPD was a two year European project entitled 'Harmonisation and standardisation of European Dental Schools programs of continuing professional development for graduate dentists'. This project aimed to identify agreed essential CPD requirements of an EU graduate dentist and provide guidelines for the management and delivery of high quality CPD by European dental schools.

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Project Rationale

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to the maintenance of dentists' knowledge and skills, underpinning safe clinical practice.

In the context of free movement, EU-citizens need assurance that dental practitioners have a license to practice that meets EU-standards. There is a need for harmonisation of CPD across the EU, supporting the safe management of patients and promoting mobility of practitioners.

Dental CPD is provided by a range of bodies and the quality of courses is variable and unregulated. EU Dental schools have a strategic role to play and this innovative CPD project, which was the first of its kind in the global educational arena, was designed to support the modernisation of their role in postgraduate education and training. The project which began in October 2010 was completed in September 2012.

Cardiff University Dental School, U.K. Athens University School of Dentistry, Greece Helsinki University Institute of Dentistry, Finland ACTA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Rīga Stradiņš University Dental School, Latvia ADEE - Association for Dental Education in Europe