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Malta lies at the heart of the Mediterranaen. Its history streches from five thousand year old temples, through crusader castles and the art of Caravaggio to today's vibrant city life and tranquil beaches. An E.U member, access is easy and uncomplicated.
Benefits of travelling to Malta
Malta offers a unique dental location. With a total of 150 practicing dentists, regulation is easy and efficient. As just 6 dentists graduate a year, every graduate has a closely observed training period. In contrast to the random sampling of clinics in most countries, Malta checks each clinic once a year to ensure the highest standards are maintained.
Dentists in Malta - Qualifications
Malta has a long association with the UK and its dental training follows the same 5 year programme. There is one dental school and it is regulated by the Medical Board.
Following graduation it is common to join a two year vocational training programme before entering private practice. Specialties are available with orthodontics and facial surgery currently recognised.
Continuing education will soon be mandatory for renewal of licence and in practice is universally followed with the Dental Association of Malta co-ordinating with the dental university to provide courses in skills maintainance and progression.
Dentists in Malta - Additional Information
Coordination of Malta's dental healthcare is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health. Much of the regulation of the profession is the responsibility of the Medical Council of Malta, an independant body to which all dentists must belong. The Medical Council holds the register of all dentists qualified to practice in Malta.
The Dental Association of Malta is the professional association. It helps organize training and skills development and informs its members of trends in modern dentistry. About 50% of dentists in Malta are members of the Association.
The Medical Council of Malta has a comprehensive code of ethics which covers both the broader medical and the dental profession. It has specific sections on ensuring the health of the patient without regard to profit, the fair application of fees and the protection of a patient's privacy.
The Medical Council has the power to suspend or remove the right to practice (No dentist has been removed from the dental register in the history of the Council). The right to action through the civil courts is unaffected by any complaint lodged with the medical council.
A 2003 law covers all aspects of the protection of data, both paper and electronic. This is fully complient with EU regulations on data protection. In addtion the ethical code of the Medical Council covers the duties of a dentist towards the privacy of their patients.
Ministry of Health:
15 Merchant's Street,
Register of Dentists:
There is a register of all dentists qualified to practice in Malta on the Ministry of Health website.
Medical Council of Malta
181 Melita Street,
Dental Association of Malta
The Professional Centre,
Sliema Road, Gzira GZR 06
tel: +356 2131 2888
fax: +356 2131 2004
Medical Council: The Ethical Code
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