Recognition of the Dental Hygienists’ Professional Qualifications
Oral health is a determining factor for the quality of life, essential for well-being and an integral part of general health. Still oral diseases are a major problem in Europe. Preventing oral diseases and promoting oral health is the ‘core business’ of dental hygienists. However, dental hygienists services are not equally distributed and/or recognized over European countries.
In order to change this situation the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) – with its 19 member countries representing over 30.000 dental hygienists – in 2014 started a project aimed at developing a Professional Profile of competences for dental hygienists in Europe (adopted by the EDHF in 2015).
During their annual meeting in Lisbon (September 2016), EDHF decided to develop a Common Education Framework (CEF) for dental hygienists with the purpose to harmonise dental hygienist education in Europe to a common set of knowledge, skills and competences.
This European CEF also demonstrates the importance and role of dental hygienists in society in order to introduce the education and profession of dental hygienists in all EU countries. Together with the Common Professional Profile for Dental Hygienists in Europe, a CEF will promote communication and mobility of the dental hygienist across EU-nations without compensations measures. It also provides access to a high quality educated resource in oral health as well as student exchange programmes.
For information: C. Jongbloed-Zoet, projectmanager
Com4You Project nr. 2014-2RO01-KA205-013237
To develop a Youth Community-Based Oral Health Learning (YCBOHL) Model for enhancing the oral health literacy of young population and to prove how the implementation of the model can improve oral health of youth.
EUHyDens Project nr. 2015-1-SE01-KA202-012278
- Harmonization and mutual recognition of the professional knowledge and skills of dental hygienists in all EU-member states
- Demonstrating the importance and role of dental hygienists in society in order to introduce the education and profession of dental hygienists in all EU countries.
- Strengthen the position of dental hygienist by encouraging the entrepreneurship.
- Promote communication and mobility of the dental hygienist across EU-nations.
- Implementing an efficient population education model to enhance the oral health literacy of population, including socioeconomically deprived groups.
- Continuously updating and spreading of knowledge regarding prevention and treatment of dental diseases.