48th EFOSA General Assembly Meeting

June 6th 2017 09:00
Montreux Music and Convention Centre, Montreux, Switzerland

Attendance Limited to National Delegates and Invited Guests

AM session

Distribution of printed information to the delegates.


President Julian O'Neil   JO
Vice-President Bart Vande Vannet BVV
Secretary Kristín Heimisdóttir  KH
Treasurer Christian Scherer CS
EOS co-opted member Ewa Czochrowska AEC
Council member Melissa DisseMD
Web master Alain Vigie du CaylaAVdC

Stathis Efstathion Cyprus Ivo Marak Czech
Georgia Sofroniou Cyprus  Senka Méstrovic Croatia
Reet Karelson Estonia  Anu Kiukkonen Finland
Raija Kiuru-Skyttä Finland Anna Paodogeorgaki-Anagnostou Greece
Yves Trin France  Alexandros Kokkas Greece
Constantinos Paradissi Greece Daniela Lupini Italy
Pasquale D´Amico Italy Monique de Ruyver  Luxembourg
Sinead O Hanrahan Ireland Odile Hutereau Luxembourg
Américo Ferraz Portugal Beata Walawska Poland
Irena Klímová Slovakia  Margareta Berge Norén Sweden 
Birgitta Obrant Sweden Claudius Wiedmer Switzerland 
Alison Murray UK Jonathan Sandler UK

1. Opening and welcome from our hosts

Julian O´Neill expressed his gratitude to Claudius Wiedmer and the Swiss Orthodontic society for a very nice get-together and the organizing of the meeting.

2. Apologies for absence and introduction of delegates and guests:

Apologies from Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Malta and Austria.

3. Changes and amendments to the Agenda

Addition to the agenda: Changes proposed to article 9 (marked with red):

The Federation is administered by a Council composed of five delegates, each representing an active member. In addition, a co-opted EOS-member, (appointed by EOS) and a webmaster will sit on the council without voting rights. Each member association or group will freely designate its wishes to present as a candidate for the office of Councilor of the Federation. 

The Councillors are elected for four years. They are eligible for re-election on one consecutive occasion.  The GAM can vote for an additional term.

The GAM agreed to add this to the agenda and discuss under “Any other business”.

4. Reports from the Council

  • Report from the President EOS:
    NEBEOP: A company with limited liability is being set up, to manage any possible challenges arising should a post-graduate course not achieve membership. Our representative is Christian Scherer.

    Charles Bolender award: EFOSA provides 1000 Euros a year. Since keynote speakers at the EOS Congress receive 2000 Euros for their contribution, it was suggested that the Charles Bolender award should equal that amount. EOS has agreed to match EFOSA with €1000 provided by EOS for the next 5 years.

  • Report from the Secretary,including minutes of 47th GAM, Stockholm, 2017:
    Some progress has been made in finding new addresses, especially in Eastern Europe, but with not much response rate.

  • Report from the Treasurer:
    Status of Account / Resources, membership dues and budget 2017-2018.
    It is suggested that the fiscal year should be from Jan 1st until 31st of December in order to give a correct picture of the financial situation. This proposal has been introduced to the auditors, who agree. Attached: Treasurer´s report.

5. Auditors’ report and discharge of the Council regarding the responsibilities concerning the accounts of the past financial year (2016-2017)

Owen Crotty agrees on behalf of the auditors.

6. ESAS: Working party report

Bart (BVV) and Melissa (MD) have had 2 meetings with Michelle Konig (Netherlands President) as well as one with Jan Huggare (Sweden) in order to make improvements to ESAS. It would be of benefit if every user country would have a representative person (e.g. Margriet Tiemersma, secretary of the Dutch Orthodontic Society) who could serve as an administrator. GAM 2016 agreed to earmark 10.000 Euros to improve ESAS and that should be sufficient. Since ESAS is a quality assessment tool made for orthodontists and not for any other purposes, its use must be handled with care. Jan Huggare suggested ESAS could be offered to NEBEOP as a quality assessment tool for post-graduate students. The council strongly agrees with that view.

7. EFOSA Radiation Guidelines

Two papers have been submitted for publication in conjunction with Reinhilde Jacobs and are in the review phase. BOS have radiation guidelines, that could be linked to the EFOSA webpage.

Teacher´s forum – a visit

GAM visit to Teachers’ forum – discussion about “Masters” courses in Europe Teacher´s forum

The GAM visited and listened to 4 presentations on private master courses in Europe. This was the main topic at the Teacher´s forum. Following this, the forum broke into groups discussing the following questions: Are the recently updated and published Erasmus guidelines still relevant? Are applicants aware that some programmes do not lead to specialist recognition? Is there a long-term effect of these programmes on the specialty? Do some master´s degrees deliberately mislead patients? Can EOS and/or EFOSA play a role regarding these matters? Julian O´Neill and Christian Scherer gave a brief overview on the situation in the UK and in Germany along with Silvia Allegrini and Andreu Puigdollers.

9. Website

Our new logo is now on the website.

10. Update from Greece:

Anna Papadogeorgaki-Anagnostou (president of the Hellenic professional Union of Orthodontist) discussed how the Greeks have worked their way out of a pur economic situation and lower fees for orthodontic procedures. They now use social media to present orthodontics. There are a few orthodontic societies in Greece, which might be a disadvantage. Alison Murray (President of the British orthodontic society) finds it better to have all practicing orthodontists as well as general dentists in one society.

11:00-11:15 Coffee

Visit by DeWayne McCamish, AAO Past President, Nahid Maleki, AAO President and Brent Larson AAO President – elect

The Europeans and the Americans have a lot in common. In USA, the newly graduated orthodontists often have large debts and difficulties in financing a practice on top of the student's loan. One out of four, therefore, decides to work for corporates. AAO has an endorsed a program to practice finance loans and finance consulting. Members of AAO must have finished a post-graduate program in orthodontics in order to become members, others cannot become members. AAO uses Instagram, online media, Google etc to promote orthodontics and the specialty.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

PM Session

11. Lecture by Prof. Dr. Bjarni Petursson.

12. European Platform for Oral Health:

Dirk Bister from EOS and Bart Vande Vannet represent the orthodontic profession. BVV stated that there is a need for evidence linking orthodontics and oral disease.

13. Developments in Spain and Austria

No progress reported in Spain, except for changes to the government. The new president of the Spanish orthodontic society is Dr. Leonor Muela. Austria is also slowly progressing towards the recognition of the specialty, but seems to be silent at the moment.

14. Presentation on EOS meeting 2018, Glasgow:

Dirk Bister presented next years EOS-congress 2018, dated 17th June 2018, Edinborough, Scotland - get together on 16th of June

15. Proposed study of European Postgraduate orthodontic programmes


16. NEBEOP presentation – NEBEOP-EFOSA cooperation

NEBEOP has a new website, supported by EFOSA: http://www.nebeop.org. EFOSA con6tinues to pay for hosting their website, but not influencing in any other way. EFOSA has earmarked 3000 Euros for the set-up of a company with limited liability being formed, should there be any questions arising post-graduate course not being accredited.

NEBEOP-website provides information about post-graduate education. The Erasmus guidelines should always be the minimum standards. The distinction of orthodontic specialists and a master´s degree without orthodontic education should be transparent to the public, to national societies and the government. National dental and national orthodontic societies could play a role. Council will come up with a proposal how EFOSA can add to that, i.e. with cooperating with AAO.

17. EPSOS presentation

18. Any other business:

Changes to the constitution are suggested in order to be able to allow Council members to serve longer than 2 terms (8 years) but not more than 3 terms (12 years) on the council, as well as including the webmaster and the EOS co-opted member as non-voting members of the Council.

Proposed changes to article 9 (marked with red): These will be presented at GAM and voted on by the members.

The Federation is administered by a Council composed of five delegates, each representing an active member. In addition, a co-opted EOS-member (appointed by EOS) and webmaster will sit on the council without voting rights. Each member association or group will freely designate its wishes to present as a candidate for the office of Councillor of the Federation

The Councillors are elected for four years. They are eligible for re-election on one consecutive occasion. The GAM can vote for an additional term.

Put to vote and agreed on.

19. Date and Venue of Next Meeting 17th June 2018, Glasgow, Scotland - get together on 16th of June

20. Closure of Meeting.