Congress
10/06/2021

Missed the World Dental Congress? Access the programme, meet the new leadership and more

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FDI WDC

More than 2,000 delegates attended the Congress online and FDI’s General Assembly met virtually for the first-time ever to vote on key decisions, to help shape the way forward for the organization.

The first fully virtual World Dental Congress welcomed more than 2,000 delegates from 81 countries, with 100 Exhibiting Companies & Organizations. Did you miss the sessions? Don’t worry, you can still register and access the programme on-demand for 90 days. Giving you the chance to gain up to 140 continuing education credits. The sky’s the limit with over 200 course offerings.

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Prof. Ben Yahya

FDI was also pleased to welcome Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
as the new President who started her 2-year term
on 29 September.

New FDI President

FDI was also pleased to welcome Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya as the new President who started her 2-year term on 29 September.

FDI General Assembly decisions: welcoming new leadership, members, and policy statements

2021 FDI elections overview

The General Assembly (GA) is the supreme legislative and governing body of FDI. The GA sets FDI policies, the strategic plan, missions and aims, and monitors progress on their achievement. The GA usually meets face-to-face, during FDI’s World Dental Congress.

However, given the 2021 congress was a special virtual edition. For the first-time ever, in the over 120-year history of FDI, the GA met online and took key decisions by voting through a tailor-made platform.

FDI holds elections each year during the GA and Council meetings held at the Congress, where FDI’s leadership is appointed. The GA also approves policy statements and new members. However, no elections took place in 2020 and the GA was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Policy Statements voting was therefore, also delayed until this year. The 2021 results were:

 

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WDC elections

President-Elect & Treasurer

President-Elect
Dr Greg Chadwick
United States of America
Treasurer
Assist. Prof. Nikolai Sharkov
Bulgaria

Council Members

MEMBER
Dr Sophie Dartevelle
France
MEMBER
Dr Chad Gehani
United States of America
MEMBER
Dr Duygu Ilhan
Turkey
MEMBER
Dr Anna Lella
Poland
MEMBER (re-elected)
Dr Maria Fernanda Atuesta Mondragon
Colombia
MEMBER (re-elected)
Prof. Paulo Melo
Portugal
MEMBER
Dr Alma Gracia Godínez Morales
Mexico
MEMBER (re-elected)
Prof. Young Guk Park
Republic of Korea
Speaker of the General Assembly (re-elected)
Dr Susie Sanderson
United Kingdom

Dental Practice Committee

MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Dr Mick Armstrong
United Kingdom
MEMBER
Dr Azamat Baigulakov
Kazakhstan
MEMBER
Dr Doniphan Hammer
France

Education Committee

CHAIR
Prof. William Cheung
Hong Kong SAR China
MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Prof. Dr Marzena Dominiak
Poland
MEMBER
Dr Antonio Estrada Valenzuela
Mexico
MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Dr Enrico Lai
Italy

Membership Liaison and Support Committee

MEMBER
Dr Irene Marron-Tarazzi
United States of America

Public Health Committee

CHAIR (RE-ELECTED MEMBER)
Assoc. Prof. Elham Kateeb
Sate of Palestine
MEMBER
Prof. Chun-hung Chu
Hong Kong SAR China
MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Dr Olabode Ijarogbe
Nigeria
MEMBER
Dr Marco Mazevet
France
MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Prof. Dr Hiroshi Ogawa
Japan
MEMBER
Dr Mahmood Shah
Pakistan

Science Committee

MEMBER
Prof. Dr Marco Colombo
Italy
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Falk Schwendicke
Germany
MEMBER
Dr Wendy Thompson
United Kingdom
MEMBER (RE-ELECTED)
Prof. Dr Mahesh Verma
India

New policy statements

FDI policy statements, which detail FDI’s position on issues of interest within the oral health community, are put together through consultation, discussion, and consensus among leading dental experts from around the world. This year, the GA adopted 11 policy statements, five for 2020 and six for 2021:

2020

  1. Intraoral Light-Curing of Resin-Based Materials
  2. Management of Cleft Lip and Palates
  3. Action against illegal dental practice (2009)
  4. Ethical Recruitment of Dental Volunteers
  5. Improving Access to Oral Care

2021

  1. The Role of Oral Health Practitioners in Tobacco Cessation
  2. The Role of Dentists and Members of the Dental Team During Infectious Diseases Outbreaks
  3. Infection Prevention and Control in Dental Practice - Revision
  4. Basic Life Support (BLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in the Dental Practice
  5. Amalgam (Part 1): Safe Management of Waste and Mercury
  6. Amalgam (Part 2): Safe Use and Phase Down of Dental Amalgam

    FDI welcomes new members

    Regular members:

    • Association Dentaire Haitienne et Orthodontie
    • Jamaica Dental Association
    • Somalia National Dental Association

    Affiliate member:

    • World Federation of Orthodontists

    Supporting member:

    • Foundation Nakao for Worldwide Oral Health

    Further information on the FDI governance structure and election process is available in the FDI Constitution.

    The newly adopted policy statements will be available for consultation on the FDI website soon and will be published in the International Dental Journal.

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