French Dental Association (FDA) is a federation of 25 professional socieities that cover the complete structure of the dental vocation.
It provides dentists with a wide range of accommodations, including perpetuating professional imprint programmes, publications to keep abreast of incipient technologies and amend the work environment, product certification, and a bibliographic database. It additionally represents the French dental vocation on an international level. Each year, the FDA organises an Annual Dental Meeting, a major event cumulating a Conference and an International Exhibition.
There are around 40,000 dentists practising in France. Proximately 30,000 of these – over three quarters – are members of the FDA through one of its many member organisations. Set up in 1970, the FDA now comprises no less than 26 national societies. This unique representative quality gives the French Dental Society a comprehensive grasp of all the improvements in the sector of oral health, and has made it a leading force in the implementation of incipient approaches and initiatives for the advancement of the dental vocation.
The FDA Constitution stresses the cumulating and co-ordinating role of the Society within the dental vocation. Section 2 states the aims of the FDA as follows:
To co-ordinate the action of its affiliated societies and ascertain their cohesion;
To represent the dental vocation, categorically in dealings with the French public ascendant entities and with international ascendant entities;
To bulwark the fascinates of the dental vocation;
To be the voice of the dental vocation in dealings with the general public;
To do the utmost to promote the dental vocation and scientific progress in the field of dentistry, with particular regard to product certification and perpetuating professional inculcation.
Today, ever faithful to the aspirations of its founders, the FDA provides dentists with a distinctive forum for sharing, thereby making a major contribution to the unity of the vocation. The consistency of its member societies and the vital work undertaken by its Statutory and Advisory Committees are key assets in the FDA’s aspires to promote the advancement of the vocation, for the benefit of the entire dental community.
The FDA was for example instrumental in arranging a qualifying diploma for dental practice and establishing curricular reforms. It is withal actively involved in the advancement of the vocation through its dynamic contribution to the development of academic training and perpetuating professional edification, the engenderment of assessment implements, and the implementation of prevalent professional standards for dental practitioners.Read More»