FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities.
FDI is the leading global body committed to oral health and develops educational programmes, awareness campaigns, congresses and initiatives aimed at progressing the field of dentistry. It also advocates for oral health to be prioritized in global health and development agendas and pushes for their integration in chronic disease prevention programmes.
FDI membership comprises some 200 member dental associations in about 130 countries. It works at national and international level through its own activities and those of its member dental associations. It is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a member of the World Health Professions Alliance WHPA.
FDI was founded in Paris in 1900 and its headquarters are currently located in Geneva, Switzerland.
FDI World Dental Federation seeks to achieve optimal oral health for all people across borders, uniting the world of oral health to harness the collective expertise and power of our members together with all sectors of society. As the profession’s global and independent advocate, we champion disease prevention and oral health literacy and advance the ethics, art, science and practice of dentistry by stimulating and facilitating the exchange of information throughout the health care community. FDI’s membership includes approximately 200 national member associations and specialist groups from more than 130 countries, representing over 1 million dentists worldwide. A non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, FDI is governed by a General Assembly, with policy enacted by its Council and activities implemented through five standing committees comprising 60 volunteers from among its national member associations. Every year, some 300 delegates attend FDI’s World Dental Parliament to debate and define the global future of dentistry. FDI’s long and distinguished history and accumulated experience in dental education, public health, and access to care make it a unique expert in the field and the only international organization in the field of oral health in official relations with WHO and other agencies of the United Nations. FDI’s technical expertise is coupled with local knowledge and contacts through its vast worldwide network of dentists
WHAT DO WE DO AND HOW CAN WE PARTNER WITH YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S GOALS?
Global Health Promotion Global Caries Initiative—We are engaging with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders around the world to effect the paradigm shift to a preventive model of caries management through the Global Caries Initiative. Founding partners: P&G; Colgate-Palmolive; Unilever; GlaxoSmithKline; and W. Wrigley Jr. Company. Oral Health Through Fluoride Initiative—We are working closely with WHO and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) to promote oral health through the use of fluoride.
Advocacy Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)—We are allying with partners in the oral care and health care communities in the fight against NCDs, and are committed to securing and consolidating the place of oral health on the global health agenda. Health Policy Development—We are a key driver for health policy initiatives such as the joint FDI WHO/AFRO report on standardization of oral health information and Rwanda’s Oral Health Policy and, in line with our strategic Vision 2020, will continue to advise governments and intergovernmental bodies on oral health policy.
Tobacco Control and Prevention — In the light of serious risk to oral health from smoking and tobacco products, we are adding our voice to international tobacco control campaigns and actively engaging the oral health care team in tobacco control and prevention. (NDAs) to implement oral health projects locally and promotes twice-a-day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Supported by Unilever Oral Care. Education Congress—We are providing a unique opportunity every year for professionals and all other sectors related to oral health care to meet and learn from one another during our Annual World Dental Congress, the leading global event for oral health professionals. Continuing Education—We are supporting certified programs for continuing dental education and professional development throughout the year—on average one course every two weeks, somewhere in the world—for dentists to maintain an up-to-date clinical and theoretical knowledge of the art and science of dentistry.
Development Projects Live. Learn. Laugh. We are promoting good oral hygiene and practice in communities around the world through Live. Learn. Laugh., an innovative partnership with Unilever Oral Care, that enables participating National Dental Associations (NDAs) to implement oral health projects locally and promotes twice-a-day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Supported by Unilever Oral Care. Education Congress—We are providing a unique opportunity every year for professionals and all other sectors related to oral health care to meet and learn from one another during our Annual World Dental Congress, the leading global event for oral health professionals. Continuing Education—We are supporting certified programs for continuing dental education and professional development throughout the year—on average one course every two weeks, somewhere in the world—for dentists to maintain an up-to-date clinical and theoretical knowledge of the art and science of dentistry.
FDI’s mission is to:
• be the worldwide, authoritative and independent voice of the dental profession
• promote optimal oral and general health for all people
• support the member associations in enhancing the ability of their members to provide oral care to the public
• advance and promote the ethics, art, science and practice of dentistry.
ERO is the European Regional Organisation of the Fédération Dentaire Internationale.
The European Regional Organization of the FDI World Dental Federation is a non-profit association established in accordance with the FDI Constitution, registered in the Swiss Canton of Geneva. It associates member organizations of the FDI from the European Geographical Area.
The beginnings of ERO date back to 1955 when a Special Commission for European Cooperation was established as response to the request of some European member associations of the FDI. In 1964 the FDI General Assembly adopted a resolution founding the European Regional Organization within FDI. ERO was the first regional organization of the FDI and thus served as model for the other regional organizations.
In 2011 ERO counts member associations from 37 countries and has fixed as goal to help dental associations from all 53 European countries (WHO European Region) to join ERO.