WITH THE EXCLUSION OF ALL AIMS OF PROFIT-MAKING, THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FEDERATION ARE AS FOLLOWS
- To represent, promote and participate with other organisation in areas that may affect the professional and commercial interests of the independent (self-employed) dental technicians and dental laboratory owners on European and International levels
- To protect and respect the national characteristics of the vocational practice, if these have a legal base in the respective country of the member
- To maintain and develop relations between associations representing those working in dental laboratories, dental surgeries and the dental trade in the spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding
- To represent out organisation with International and European organisations and National Governments and organisations.
- To develop the training and education of Laboratory owners, independent Dental Technicians (self-employed), and dental technicians employed by dental laboratories.
FEPPD INFORMS ITS MEMBERS ABOUT
- The dental devices market within the EU and the occurring global changes
- The implementation of the new medical devices directive
- The harmonization of EU-legislation
- The funding opportunities within the EU
CURRENTLY FEPPD FOCUSES ON
- Transparency and safety for the patients by providing them with the information about their rights
- Increasing the market awareness about dangerous materials in dental alloys (like beryllium, nickel and polymers)
- The correct understanding and implementation of the new Regulation on custom made medical devices 2017/745 : the following up and lobbying after the revision of the MDR
- Higher standards in professional vocational training for FEPPD’s members on European level.
ONE DENTAL VOICE
It is important that the dental industry can speak with one voice to distributors, manufacturers, dentists and of course dental technicians. We must continue the work undertaken with ADDE, FIDE and the other Stake holders to challenge the policies and administrative bodies of the European Commission with a single voice, representing and reconciling the interests of all parties involved, which is most important.
A general overview of the Dental Technicians and dental Labs state of play across Europe, based on statistical comparisons from 2014 and 2019 by FEPPD, and that of ADDE’s survey of 2017. Although statistics reflect positive or negative cycles, according to business and geopolitical situations, FEPPD remains committed to help its members to regain the lost ground and help them to return to there habitual status.
While our profession is undergoing technological change, dental technicians have a training challenge to overcome. FEPPD will work with all its members to harmonize programmes for quality education.
FEPPD must inform the dental laboratories about their responsibility :
> That the work is performed according to the instructions and the manufacturer’s manual
> Safe and correct design with accepted methods and skills
> Declaration “what have you done, with what materials and technology”
> Operating Instructions (if applicable)
> Deviations, complaints and side effects
> Risk analysis and reporting…
FEPPD continues to work on solutions to support the daily work of dental technicians and to ensure patient safety.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE
Thanks to the work of FEPPD, the new MDR regulation provides for the mandatory delivery of the certificate of conformity to patients. We will stand firm on our position and insist that in each European country this decision be fully implemented. The European Dental Laboratory Unit must be applied in this case so that patients are properly informed about the origin of the manufacture of their medical devices and so that our organisations can fight more effectively against unfair competition from countries with low labour costs.