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Italy is a treasure house of wonders. From the snowy peaks of the alps, through the galleries and churches of beautiful cities, to the beaches of a seemingly endless coastline, Italy has inspired travellers for hundreds of years.
Benefits of Italian Dentistry
Italy has a well regulated dental profession and for the traveller a huge variety of location. Outside of the big cities prices can be very competitive thanks to reduced costs. Implants for example can cost around 900 Euro, far less than in the U.K or Ireland.
Italian dentists receive a 5 year training from one of Italy's 30 dental schools. There are two recognized specialties, Orthodontics and Oral Surgery.
Continuing education is mandatory for dentists opperating within the public sector. Courses are accredited by the Ministry of Health and a dentist must acquire 150 credits in each 4 year period to stay in the public employment.
Continuing education is promoted by all dental organizations in Italy and formal procedures for evaluating continuous professional development, outside the public sector, are currently under investigation. Article 19 of the ethical code stresses the requirement for continuous updating of skills, both medical and organizational, to provide the best treatment possible.
The Federazione Ordini Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri (FNOMCeO) holds the register of dentists in Italy. The body is divided into provincial orders (103 in all) which promote the profession and keep the register up to date.
The Associazione Nazionale Dentisti Italiani and the Associazione Italiana Odontoiatri are the two main organizations representing the dental profession in Italy.
The Federazione Ordini Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri publishes a code of ethics for its members.
FNOMCeO inforces the ethical code for dentists in Italy. Each provincial order organizes an ethical committee which judges complaints against registered dentists. Complaints can result in the temporary or permanent suspension of a dentist's right to practice - such a judgement is binding across all 103 provinces.
Complaints may also be persued through the civil courts and any complaint brought to a provincial ethical committee of a criminal nature will be handled by the courts.
The ethical code details the requirements of Italian dentists to preserve the privacy of their patients and the safe storage of that data (articles 10, 11 and 12).
Dentists are also bound by civil law on the protection of sensitive data which complies with E.U. data protection laws.
Federazione Ordini Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri
Piazza Cola di Rienzo 80/A,
tel: +39 06 362031
ethical code: attach_3819.pdf(in Italian)
Ministry of Health
1 - 00153 Roma.
tel: +39 06 59941
website: http://www.ministerosalute.it/(in Italian)
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