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Continuing professional development systems and requirements for graduate dentists in the EU: survey results from the DentCPD project

Bullock, Alison Deborah, Bailey, S., Cowpe, Jon, Barnes, Emma J., Thomas, Hannah Sian, Thomas, R., Phillips, S., Kavadella, A., Kossioni, A., Tsiklakis, K., Karaharju-Suvanto, T., Suomalainen, K., Kersten, H., Povel, E., Giles, M., Walmsley, A. D., Soboleva, U., Liepa, Andra and Akota, I. 2013. Continuing professional development systems and requirements for graduate dentists in the EU: survey results from the DentCPD project. European Journal of Dental Education 17 (s1) , pp. 18-22. 10.1111/eje.12046

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Introduction By maintaining skills and keeping dentists up-to-date, continuing professional development (CPD) supports safe clinical practice. However, CPD for dentists across Europe is not harmonised. Aim One aim of the ‘DentCPD’ project ( was to identify and agree essential CPD requirements for EU dentists. As part of the process, data were collected on existing approaches to CPD for EU dentists. This paper reports those findings. Methods Informed by a review of the literature and internet search, the CPD for Graduate Dentists questionnaire gathered data from dental educators on CPD systems, requirements, provision and accreditation in Europe. It sought opinion on mandatory CPD and e-learning. Results Responses were received from 143 individuals from 30 EU countries. About half the countries had a compulsory CPD system which typically included mandatory core topics. Elsewhere CPD was optional or based on recommended hours. University dental schools and professional dental associations were the most common CPD providers. National regulatory bodies were the most common accrediting body. Only 41% of respondents thought they knew the criteria for successful accreditation of CPD. Eighty-one percent agreed that ‘CPD should be obligatory for all dentists’. Conclusion These results present an overview of the status of CPD for EU dentists. Despite a notable trend towards regulated CPD systems, current requirements for dentists to engage in CPD show variation. The harmonisation of requirements would enhance both dentist mobility and safe clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing professional development; continuing dental education; European harmonisation
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1600-0579
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 04:09

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