IFD President's Welcome
Since the last IFD meeting in Montreal, Canada, during the 10th World Symposium on Denturism in September 2017, we continue to work for Denturists worldwide.
Reflecting over the past year, the IFD continues to support Denturists recognition worldwide. With the assistance of our regional Vice Presidents and our treasurer, added to the perseverance of our country representatives, we are progressing in the promotion of the advancement of the profession globally.
Through various initiatives, the IFD is providing information to empower Denturists to obtain recognition. Through our website, facebook page and our efficient communications and administration of our Secretariat by Mrs. Camille Bourbonnais, the IFD distributes information worldwide.
The IFD is receiving support from thre Diamond Sponsors since 2016: Vita, Ivoclar Vivadent and Candulor. They were also present at our Symposium as sponsors of the event! We really appreciate these organizationa; they are our white knights!
The great news event of that last month is Portugal joining as a new member country! Congratulations and know that they are already involved in helping us with some of the EU regulations.
In 2017-2018, in Belgium, the UBDD (Unie van Belgische gediplomeerde Denturisten) had really positive news. Denturists will probably be recognized by the Belgian Government as an autonomous professional in the dental field, along with Dentists and Dental Hygienists/Assistants. We thank our new member of the Brotherhood of Sterkenburger, Mr. Mathias Luypaert, D.D. for his achievement on this cause!
The Malta Dental Technology Association (MDTA) in the island of Malta is affiliated with the IFD and the European Federation of Dental Technicians (FEPPD). The MDTA continues to be the prime contractor for various initiatives of the European Union (EU). In recent years, MDTA has been involved in a legal battle for the recognition of dental clinic technicians. They have reached an important stage of the resolution of the dispute with the support and assistance of the IFD. A positive conclusion will not only be a huge breakthrough for Malta, but could also create a legal precedent for all of the EU member states.
Other member countries
Our work requires time, resilience and patience. Currently in South Africa, the Society for Clinical Dental Technology (SCDT) is working very hard for possible recognition of Denturists. Incessant work and time is the requirement for their success! Remember, if possible, to show up in the last week of September for our AGM, in Cape Town, South Africa, to demonstrate your support to their cause.
The IFD must continue to face all legislators and convince them of all the advantages that Denturists bring to the people of all countries! The IFD will continue to provide all the support it can to the causes of Belgium Denturists, Malta Denturists and South Africa Denturists for the achievement of their objectives.
The IFD is registered on the EU Transparency Register, in section II as in-house lobbyists and as trade / business / professional association. It may have a significant ripple effect that could spark other reforms within the EU and globally about the Denturism profession, especially for those seeking recognition status at a comission of Paramedical professions. This ripple effect is already providing help to France in their quest for recognition.
The IFD continues to grow from strength to strength towards the achievement of its objectives. To practitioners, it means keeping their focus on the noble goals of good oral and general health, by restoring our patients' self-esteem, human dignity and the ability to eat, talk and smile with confidence!
We, as the International Federation of Denturists,
- Hope to work for Denturists world-wide to help get the knowledge to empower Denturists to get the recognition they deserve.
- Work on our goal now and forever, the advancement of the profession of Denturists on a world-wide basis.
- Want to improve the visibility of Denturism so that Denturists' services and caring are more readily known and available.
Tony Sarrapuchiello, DD
Tel: 001.819.663.7731 (5)