Country Report 2018

Name of Member organization


When established + short historic overview


Number of active members Jan ,2018


  Updated June 2018

President 2014-2018

  • Dr. Yves TRIN
  • 34, rue du Plateau
  • 75019 PARIS
  • Phone: +33 01 42 02 36 50
  • Fax: +33 01.48. 03 11 33
  • Email:

Secretary 2014-2018

  • Dr. Pierre CARDOT
  • • 120 BIS AV René Cassagne
  • 33150 CENON
  • Phone: +33 05 56 86 96 73
  • Email:

Treasurer 2014-2018

  • Dr. Gérard GUEMAS
  • • 13/15 Route de Poitiers
  • Phone: +33 06 75 69 63 18
  • Email:

When was orthodontics recognized as a dental specialty


What is the competent authority for specialists registration

French National Order

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

Orthodontics,surgery and buccal dental medecine are the only discipline of Dentistry with an official recognized possibility of specialisation.
  1. Since 1981 the only way to become a specialist in our country, was a "Specialisation Diploma in Orthodontics" “CECSMO” :
  2. but since 2012 the only ways to obtain the speciality is
    • Boarding school in Orthodontic (3 Years full time): the important point is that both dentiste and doctors in medicine can apply this studies

    In both cases, students have to complete a full training programme with a final National Examination, who is delivered only by National Dental School ( University) with a recognised Department of Specialisation in Orthodontics.
  3. Each University decides how many students they want each year This amount has to be agreed by the Ministry of Education.
  4. In some very few cases when a practitioner comes from a country outside the European Union, a committee of equivalency of the training titles can study his case. If the equivalency with the French training is recognized, then only he can be accepted as a specialist in France.
14 State Universities have an Orthodontic specialisation’s department. The opening of such a department is only possible after an official authorization by the Ministry of Universities.

Private schools are not allowed to deliver such a diploma in France, neither for General Dentists, nor for Specialists.

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


Since 2006 the doctors have to accomplish curses for a continuous education: 500 h over a period of 4 years.
Since 2010 they have to fulfil the same program but they can do it in 3 years full time.

Orthodontists have to take 60% for Orthodontics matters and 40% for general matters An official organisation controls the profession; it is called CNFCO (National French Committee for Continuous Education)
Courses, books, review, periodic; Internet, etc. receive a certain amount of “credits” The practitioner has to fulfil the requirements and the amount of credit is controlled be the “French Council of Order ”

What is the organization of the delivery of orthodontic care

Orthodontic is carried out by specialists in almost 70 % of the patients.
GP are allowed to treat any orthodontic patient 90 % are private practice , very often in association with other orthodontists. Some Patients can also be treated in hospital or private institutes

Any further information regarding the position of orthodontics in the country

The French “Social Security “has not raised the refunding since 30 years It is the same for every patient : about 200 € / semester during 6 semester + retention ( 161 € for one year)

Therefore orthodontic fees are free because the state insurance can put more money in orthodontics care Most of the French Specialists are in private practice, the fees are between 600 and 1200€/ semester

Complementary private insurances refund more and more

There is no refunding difference between GP and Qualified Orthodontists But patient are aware of the quality provided by specialists (80 % of the orthodontic treatments are done by specialists)

Very poor people (under accreditation) can be treated for free by all the orthodontists, the funds are provided by the state (called CMU)

In 2012 will take place a new convention: for the first time the complementary insurances will sit at the table together with the state

French Orthodontists are afraid that those private insurances want to cut the fees Patient’s organizations are very active in the medias end we have to explain why the orthodontics treatment are expensive