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Turkey, meeting point of Europe and Asia stands at the brink of joining EU. Harmonisation of procedures and training to facilitate a smooth transition towards membership creates a reassuring feeling of familiarity for visitors from Western Europe.
Benefits of travelling to Turkey
Turkey offers EU standards of care in a low cost environment. Infrastructure is of a high level, surpassing that of many of its European neighbours. A long established tourism industry makes language no hinderance to travel and English is widely spoken. Materials and laboratories are covered by the same regulatory practices as the rest of Europe.
Of course the country itself is another reason for travel, with some of the world's most famous classical sites, a vast coastline of endless beaches and Istambul, a true metropolis. Our most popular destinations in Turkey are Istambul, Kusadasi and Bodrum.
Dentists in Turkey - Qualifications
Following 5 years of training in one of Turkey's 15 dental schools graduates receive a degree of D.D.S. Though there is no madatory continuing education, joining the Turkish Dental Association obligates its members to attend training and skills development programmes.
The Council of Higher Education is responsible for regulating dental education and the Ministry of Health is the registering authority.
There are two recognised specialties: Prosthodontics and Orthodonty.
Though there is no mandatory continuing education, members of the Turkish Dental Association have an obligation to develop and update their skills, in accordance with the associations commitment to high standards of dental care.
Dentists in Turkey - Additional Information
Though Istanmbul the capital is well served with airlines, the coastal destinations can sometimes offer cheaper fights, particularly during holiday season. Kusadasi and Izmir are major charter flights destinations.
Dentistry falls under the supervision of the Ministry of Health which is responsible for regulating Dental colleges and the legal framework within which Turkish dentistry operates.
The Turkish Dental Association (TDA) is the central body responsible for co-ordinating the professional development of dentistry within Turkey. The organization is spread across the country, with about 33 dental chambers regulating locally issues. These chambers send delegates to a centralized committee structure that decides the national direction of the profession.
The Turkish Dental Association provides a comprehensive ethical guide for its members, covering their commiment to improving standards of care, their relationship with their patients, fair pricing etc. The TDA is a member of international dental organizations and its ethical standards are informed by and contribute to European and world dentistry.
The TDA can appoint an arbitrator in case of disagreement between a dentist and their patient. If arbitration is not achieved the Supreme Disiplinary Committee meets 3 times a year and has the power to censure, fine or dismiss a dentist from practice. Recourse through the civil courts is always an option for either party if they are unhappy with the TDA's response.
Turkey is working on an implementation of its draft for the Protection of Personal Data Act. This is based on the European Data Protection Directive. Individuals also have a right to access information about them through Law No: 4982: Turkish Law on the Right to Information.
Ministry of Health:
TC Sağlık Bakanlığı,
No : 3, 06434 Sıhhıye /ANKARA
Turkish Dental Association
Ziya Gökalp Caddesi No 37/11,
tel: +90 312 435 9394
fax: +90 312 430 2959
Data Proctection and Access
European Data Protection Directive
Turkish Law for Data Access
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