Europe and the Dentists Cap Esterel – France

September 30, 2013



By kind invitation of Catherine Mojaïsky, President of the French Confederation of Dental Union ( CNSD ), I attended the 5th Summer University from 20 to 22 September 2013 in Cap Esterel, on the Cote d’Azur, on the theme of “Europe and the dentists”. This event was dedicated to the CNSD responsible people and to future managers from all French departments and regions.

Catherine Mojaïsky

The event was organized around three roundtables and a political closing meeting on Sunday the 22nd morning, which I participated.

A more political round table under the theme: European harmonization: utopia or necessity?

– Gérard Morel, Vice-President of the CNSD
– Nora Berra, European Deputy (France)
– Catherine Mojaïsky, Presidente de la CNSD (France)
– Orlando Monteiro Da Silva, Past-President of FDI – (Portugal)
– Jacques Reignault, President du CEPLIS European Committee of Liberal Professions (France)
– Philippe Rusca, President of ERO – FDI – European Regional Organization of the FDI (Switzerland)

Moderator: Pascal Beau, Director of “Espace social européen”

I underlined the impact of the FDI highlighting oral health as a fundamental human right under the FDI Vision 2020 project.

Nora Berra, European Deputy (France)


An interested predominantly french assistance. Conclusion the need to find a balance and a regulation acceptable to all member states…

The roundtable on Friday the 20th afternoon was held on the theme of education and professional qualifications:
– Doniphan Hammer – President of the Professional Education and Implantation Commission of the CNSD
Intervenients :
– Wolfgang Doneus, President of the CED – Council of European Dentists (Austria)
– Stefaan Hanson, executive Director of the VVT, Flemish Dental Association (Belgium)
– Hassib Kamell, President of the l’AEDS – European Association of Dental students (Netherlands)
– François Keller, President de la SSO – Swiss Associtaion Société of Dentists (Switzerland)
– Jean-François Largy, Technical Counsillor of the CNSD (France)
– Constantine Oulis, Hellenic Dental Association – President of the WG Education and Professional Qualifications of the CED (Greece)

The two roundtables of Saturday the 21st addressed the European health systems and economic conditions of dentists in different countries of the European Union.
The first was dedicated to presentation of practicing conditions in the neighboring countries of France: relations with statutory or private insurance, reimbursed fees, enforceable fees, free fees…


– Roland L’Herron – CNSD International business responsible and elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board. (France)
– Alain Arnaud, President of the MFP – Mutuality public function (France)
– Eric Badonnel, Secretary General of the National Union of Organizations of supplementary health insurance (France)
– Michel Chassang, President of the CSMF – French Confederation of Medical Unions (France)
– Peter Engel, President of BZÄK German Dental Association – elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board (Germany)
– Marco Landi, from National Association of Italian Dentists and elected for the CED – Council of European Dentists board (Italy)
– Juan Carlos Llodra, from Spanish Dental Association (Spain)

In the second one, economic models were discussed: type of practice, taxation, practitioners’ income, retirement and pensions….


– Michel Bergougnoux, General treasurer of the CNSD
Interveniants :
– Nicolas Arnould, AIO –Italian Dental Association (French dentist practising in Italy )
– Stefaan Hanson, Executive Director of the VVT, Flemish Dental Association (Belgium)
– Guy Morel, President of the l’EurelPro – European Association of Pension Institutions Professionals and President of the CARCDSF – Autonomous pension fund dentists and midwives (France)-
Véronique Pellegrain, lawyer, specialised on European law (France)
– Michael Sereny, President of the Dental Chamber in Lower Saxony (Germany)


Three days of conferences and about 400 participants. A huge success. I thank Catherine and the all the CNSD colleagues and friends! A true pleasure for me!

World Healthcare Students University of Lausanne – Switzerland

September 20, 2013

As past-president of the FDI, I attended the 5th World Healthcare Students’ Symposium, 8-13th September.

WHSS is the biggest international event for healthcare students. It involves about 300 students of medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing, chiropractic and other healthcare professions spending five days together in a world wide student congress, which is held every two years.


This 5th symposium helped students identify the future challenges of the healthcare system in order to promote a better interprofessional collaboration. The program included many workshops and lectures on interprofessional studies, the role of different professions, perspectives and strategies, the evolution and outcomes of the healthcare system and its actors, global health and primary care.


Adressing the audience on the topic Interprofessional Collaboration Practice.The role of Dentists and Oral Health…

The symposium was be conducted by many prestigious speakers and representatives of international organizations such as the World Heath Organization (WHO), the World Heath Professions Alliance (WHPA), the World Medical Association (WMA), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the World Dental Federation (FDI), Doctors without Borders (DWBand) and several professionals and experts from Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic and Switzerland.


The WHSS is the largest international and interprofessional healthcare student congress. This year’s 5th edition focus on «Demystifying interprofessional collaboration». An audience of about 300 very interested students from different health areas (including dental medicine) from all around the world…


Thank you to the organisers:
– ASEP: Swiss pharmacy students association
– SWIMSA: Swiss medical students association
– ASSIDE University applied sciences (health) students association from the canton of Vaud. (Nursing, Physio, ergotherapy…)
– ADES: Students association of HEdS La source – Lausanne (Nursing)
– AEML: Medical students association of Lausanne.

The WHSS committee benefited from the help of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), many professional associations such as the Swiss Medical Association (FMH), PharmaSuisse and important institutions such as The University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL, the Geneva-Lausanne School of Pharmacy (EPGL), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and the Lausanne Medical University Polyclinic (PMU).

For me, it was a unique experience!

Gracias Paraguay, hasta siempre!

September 15, 2013

Immediately after FDI AWDC 2013, in Istanbul, by invitation of the Circulo de Odontólogos del Paraguay (COP), I had the pleasure to attend, as FDI past president, the IX International Congress in Assuncion (5-7 September).


Open ceremony – national authom of Paraguay.

Colleagues from Paraguay.

The FDI General Assembly in Istanbul approved the COP membership as Associate member. As the COP representatives couldn´t attend the Istanbul AWDC, so I had the honor to deliver it locally…

With the president of the COP, Eduardo Poletti Paoletti.

I took the opportunity to present in Spanish the Vision 2020 FDI project…

Local organizing committee….

Farewell: Noche tipica at the…

….Head office. Gracias Paraguay, hasta siempre!