Country Report 2017

Name of Member organization

Belgian Union of Orthodontists Societies

When established + short historic overview



Number of active members November 1st,2017

430

  Updated June 2017


President 2016-2017

  • Dhr Philippe Soenen
  • BBNO
  • Brusselbaan 44
  • 1600 Sint Pieters Leeuw
  • Phone: +32 2 2708281
  • Fax: +32 2 2704916
  • Email: info@bbno.be

Secretary 2016-2017


Treasurer 2016-2017

  • Dhr Philippe Delo
  • 4600 Wels
  • Phone: +32 2 2708281
  • Email: info@buos.be

When was orthodontics recognized as a dental specialty

Orthodontics was recognized as a dental specialty in 2001

What is the competent authority for specialists registration

Five departments of orthodontics in Belgium (Gent, Leuven, Louvain, Brussels and Liege) offer a four-year fulltime international postgraduate program in Orthodontics. The program leads to a Certificate in Orthodontics according to EU-directive 78/686/EEG. The program is advised and approved by resp the Nederlandstalige Erkenningscommissie Orthodontie (NEO) or the Commission d’Agrément en Orthodontie (CAO) (Ministry of Health). Each year in completion of all requirements of the program the student has to introduce a personal report of progress in order to acquire from the Ministry of Health the licencse to practice as an orthodontist specialist. Ministry of Public Health Eurostation II Place Victor Horta 40 B 10 1060 Bruxelles

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

4 year fulltime university training

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

CE is organized for the general dentist with accreditation program and is defined as accreditation. There is no accreditation system for the orthodontist specialist but they have access to the system of the GP. Since 2002, orthodontists are required to re-register every 6 years. Conditions for re-registration are drawn up by the Nederlandstalige Erkenningscommissie Orthodontie and the Commission d’Agrément en Orthodontie (Ministry of Health) and include mandatory continued education. Continuous education is mandatory to keep the specialist title (Tandarts Specialist in de Orthodontie – Dentiste Spécialiste en Orthodontie) (60 hours of education over a period of 6 year, with 80 % in of orthodontics, 20 % free to choose between restorative and preventive dentistry, prosthodontics, radiology, parodontology, general medicine.

What is the organization of the delivery of orthodontic care

Orthodontics is carried out by specialists for a majority the patients. However GP are allowed to treat orthodontic patients. Patient can also be treated in a (university) hospital or private institutes. Almost 90 % are private practice , some are in association with other orthodontists. Some orthodontist work in several offices.

Any further information regarding the position of orthodontics in the country

Important issues of interest for the orthodontists at this moment : A fulltime program at the university includes an external formation (minimum 500 hours) in the training program. Application for external formation is only possible in agreement with the university and after approval of the recognition commission.