Country Report 2018

Name of Member organization

Dutch Association of Orthodontists (Vereniging van Orthodontisten)

When established + short historic overview

The Dutch Association of Orthodontists (NVvO) was established in 1953. The association exists in order to promote scientific knowledge and to maintain and improve the quality of Dutch orthodontics. This is achieved by organizing congresses and courses, and by maintaining a dialog with the universities. The association is also responsible for the profession’s quality control system, which includes visitation of all registered orthodontists. Membership is restricted to orthodontic specialists who have been registered in the Netherlands and postgraduate students.

Number of active members Jan 2018

  Updated June 2018

President 2016-2019

Secretary 2018-2020

  • Drs Sjoerd Henneman
  • NVVO tav. Margriet Tiemersma
  • Simon Vestdijkstraat 67
  • NL 3842LK Harderwijk
  • Phone: +31 341 413610
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Treasurer 2018-2020

When was orthodontics recognized as a dental specialty

Orthodontics became a recognized dental specialty in 1953.

What is the competent authority for specialists registration

The Specialist Registration Committee (R.T.S.) of the Royal Dutch Dental Association (K.N.M.T)

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

The three departments of orthodontics in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Groningen and Nijmegen) 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 approved and accredited by the Specialist Registration Committee of the Royal Dutch Dental Association (K.N.M.T). Upon completion of all requirements of the program the student has to pass an external examination to acquire the Certificate.

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

Since 2008 orthodontists are required to re-register every 5 years. The first re- registrations are dated from 2013. Conditions for re-registration are drawn up by the Dutch Association of Orthodontists together with the universities and include mandatory continued education and visitation in a certified practice.

What is the organization of the delivery of orthodontic care

A new system of social health insurance was introduced in January 2006 which provides basic medical care for everyone. Additional voluntary insurance is necessary for non-essential care, including orthodontics.

Any further information regarding the position of orthodontics in the country

The government has reduced orthodontists’ fees by almost 40% in the last years. General practitioners may charge the same fees as specialist-orthodontists for the same treatment.