Country Report 2018

Name of Member organization

ASIO Associazione Specialisti Italiani OrtodonziaItalian Association of Orthodontic Specialists

When established + short historic overview

ASIO, the Italian Association of Orthodontic Specialists was established in 1994 and soon became an Efosa member. ASIO is the Union of the Italian Professional Orthodontists. ASIO now is the only Italian orthodontic association or Italian scientific society consisting exclusively of Orthodontic Specialists. ASIO main objectives are the promotion of the professional, educational and economical interests of the Orthodontic Specialists. ASIO is also a member of the WFO.

Number of active members Jan 2018

  Updated JuneĀ 2018

President 2018-2019

Secretary 2018-2021

Treasurer 2018-2019

  • Dr. Fabio Giuntoli
  • 31033 

What is the competent authority for specialists registration

The National Federation of the local (provincial) Orders ( Boards) of Medical Doctors and Dental Science Doctors (Federazione Nazionale degli Ordini dei Medici Chirurghi e degli Odontoiatri).

What is the outline of the national specialists training program (as required by the competent authority)

The departments of Orthodontics of the Italian Universities provide 3 years of postgraduate program. Orthodontics, Oral Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry are the only recognized Dental Specialties

Is continuous education (CE) mandatory; If so, how organized

CE is mandatory in Italy: after some years of experimental system, from this year(2009) there are a minimum of credits to collect per year.

What is the organization of the delivery of orthodontic care

Orthodontics in Italy is mainly provided by private practitioners: there is no state control over the fees. The National Health System provides some orthodontics at the University Departments of the Dental Schools and in some Hospitals and Public Services. Most of the orthodontics is delivered in the practices of general dentists where Orthodontists work as consultants. There are only some private dental practices limited to orthodontics . There are some private insurances that cover part of the fee for the treatments.

Any further information regarding the position of orthodontics in the country

In the last years the number of Universities that started a Postgraduate Orthodontic School in Italy increased without any consideration for the real needs of Orthodontics of the population. Most of the programs are not preparing fully prepared orthodontists and good professionals. Therefore many orthodontists are still taking private courses to get the skills. Most of the young orthodontists after their degree, are going to practice orthodontics as consultants, in a general dentist practice. Some of them travel with their case trough the country, from one office to another, to be able to treat patients. In Italy it still happens that only a small percentage of patients are going to be treated by an orthodontic specialist. Most general practitioners treat the patients by themselves. For this reason, in combination with the economical crisis that severely hits Italy, it is not easy for the young orthodontic specialists to open their own practices or to find some arrangements with an older colleague or at the National Health System. But on the other side, it is still extremely necessary to rise the level of quality of Orthodontics delivered to Italian population. It is absolutely necessary too, to give the opportunity to larger parts of Italian people to have access to orthodontic treatments.