European Federation of Periodontology

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The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) is a non-profit, scientific dental organisation, comprising 25 National Periodontal member Societies in Europe. It currently numbers 14000 members approximately. Full members: Austrian Society of PeriodontologyAustrian Society of Periodontology, Belgian Society of PeriodontologyBelgian Society of Periodontology, British Society of PeriodontologyBritish Society of Periodontology, Croatian Society of PeriodontologyCroatian Society of Periodontology, Czech Society of PeriodontologyCzech Society of Periodontology, Danish Society of PeriodontologyDanish Society of Periodontology, Dutch Society of PeriodontologyDutch Society of Periodontology, Finnish Society of PeriodontologyFinnish Society of Periodontology, French Society of Periodontology and Oral ImplantologyFrench Society of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, German Society of PeriodontologyGerman Society of Periodontology, Hellenic Society of PeriodontologyHellenic Society of Periodontology, Hungarian Society of PeriodontologyHungarian Society of Periodontology, Irish Society of PeriodontologyIrish Society of Periodontology, Israeli Society of Periodontology and OsseointegrationIsraeli Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration, Italian Society of PeriodontologyItalian Society of Periodontology, Norwegian Society of PeriodontologyNorwegian Society of Periodontology, Portuguese Society of Periodontology, Slovenian Society of Periodontology, Spanish Society of Periodontology and OsseointegrationSpanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration, Swedish Society of PeriodontologySwedish Society of Periodontology, SwissSociety of PeriodontologySwiss Society of Periodontology, Turkish Society of PeriodontologyTurkish Society of Periodontology . Associate members: Moroccan Society of Periodontology and ImplantologyMoroccan Society of Periodontology and Implantology, Polish Society of PeriodontologyPolish Society of Periodontology, Serbian Society of PeriodontologySerbian Society of Periodontology.


The first actions in coordinating the scientific meetings of the European Periodontal Societies took place in August 1986.[1][2]

A European Co-Ordination Committee in Periodontology was appointed by the Belgian, British, Dutch, French, Spanish and the Swiss societies. The first meeting took place in Montreux, Switzerland, on 18 September 1987.[1][2]

The second Co-ordination Committee meeting took place in Marrakech, Morocco, on 22–23 May 1988, where it was decided to change the name of the European Co-ordination Committee to the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). This name was chosen to indicate the co-operation of independent autonomous national European periodontal societies.[1][2]

At the third meeting which was held in Santa Margherita, Italy, on 6 June 1989, it was decided to form a Federation. Extensive discussion took place, which analyzed the goals of the proposed Federation, postgraduate education and, the possibility of a joint scientific meeting. It was unanimously agreed that all the Member Societies of the EFP should join forces to organise a major scientific conference to be held every 5 years with the intention of replacing the highly successful North Sea Conference.[1][2]

During the fourth meeting in Maastricht, Netherlands, in May 1990, the rules of function of the Federation were formed. The European Federation of Periodontology was suggested to be a cooperative body of the European Societies of Periodontology. Each member society should have one representative in the EFP who would take part in the EFP governing body meetings at least once a year.[1][2]

The meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 12–13 December 1991 was a landmark in the history of the EFP. At this meeting a formal Constitution and By-Laws were sanctioned and the objectives of the Federation were formally adopted. The first scientific congress of the EFP named EuroPerio 1, was scheduled to be held at EuroDisney on the 12 – 15 May 1994, in Paris, France.[1][2]

The Constitution and By-Laws of the EFP were amended in 1996 and recently modified οn 27 February 2010.[3]

Purpose of the EFP[edit]

The prime purpose of the EFP is the promotion of Periodontology and, more generally, periodontal and general health both in Europe and worldwide by means of research, education and further development of its science.[3]

EFP Vision[edit]

The driving force of Periodontology in Europe

Inspirational, Innovative, Influential

Periodontology includes the study and management of periodontal conditions and oral implants.[4]

Structure of the EFP[edit]

The Executive Committee consists of the president, the president-elect, the past-president, the general secretary, the treasurer, two additionally elected members if necessary, other co-opted members. The EC meets twice a year, discusses all actions that should be taken by the EFP and prepares them for decision at the General Assembly.

The General Assembly consists of the representative members of the national periodontal societies and is held once a year.

Seven committees have been formed to meet the needs of the objectives that EFP has set, namely the Congress Committee, EuroPerio Committee, External Affairs Committee, Nominating Committee, Undergraduate Committee, Postgraduate Committee and Workshop Committee.

EuroPerio Congresses[edit]

EuroPerio 1 proved to be a great success in Europe and worldwide. Thereafter, EuroPerio became a brand in its own right which carries wide professional and industry recognition. EuroPerio congresses are held every 3 years. The EFP has established Standardised Guidelines for conducting these large congresses. Until now 6 successful EuroPerio congresses have been held: 1994 - EuroPerio1 in Paris, 1997 - EuroPerio2 in Florence, 2000 - EuroPerio 3 in Geneva, 2003 - EuroPerio 4 in Berlin, 2006 - EuroPerio 5 in Madrid, 2009 - EuroPerio 6 in Stockholm, 2012- EuroPerio 7 in Vienna, 2015 EuroPerio 8 in London, 2018 EuroPerio 9 in Amsterdam.

European Workshop on Periodontology[edit]

EFP organises the European Workshop on Periodontology every 3 years.

EFP Accredited Postgraduate European Programs[edit]

EFP has established European Guidelines for undergraduate and postgraduate education in the field of Periodontology. The EFP Postgraduate Committee receives applications from university periodontal departments. Postgraduate programs are assessed under the EFP Guidelines and, if they conform to the relevant criteria, they are awarded EFP recognition.[5] The graduate programs in Periodontology that have been approved are the following: Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, University of Bern, Sahlgrenska University Göteborg, Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education Jönköping, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, University Complutense in Madrid, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yeditepe University of Istanbul, Technion of Haifa, University of Dublin, Trinity College, University of Strasbourg, Paris Diderot University at Rothschild hospital.

EFP Publications[edit]

According to the constitution and by-laws, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology which is the number one ranked journal in the ISI Journal Citation Reports in dentistry, is the official publication of the EFP. The EFP News is the official newsletter of the EFP which circulates twice a year providing all relevant information about issues discussed and decisions taken at the General Assembly, Report on the action of the standing committees, Prizes awarded in the periodontal field during the year, Report on the EuroPerio Congress and the European Workshop on Periodontology, News from the national societies and Calendar of periodontal meetings of the national societies and periodontal related meetings.

Strategic Planning[edit]

The EFP is the leading learned society in Europe dealing with issues related to periodontology at all levels. The EFP is well-recognised among sister organisations such as the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), International Association for Dental Research (IADR), European Association of Osseointegration (EAO), and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE)

The EFP started a strategic planning process in 2006 in order to reassign strategic objectives and set the future direction of the organisation.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hillam D. G.- A New European Connection - The European Federation of Periodontology. In R. Palmer (ed) The British Society of Periodontology. The First Fifty Years. Publication British Society of Periodontology, 1999
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kamma J. - A chronological history of the European Federation of Periodontology. A New Era of Relationship with European Periodontology. Publication European Federation of Periodontology, 2006
  3. ^ a b EFP By-Laws
  4. ^ a b EFP Strategic Planning
  5. ^ Sanz M, van der Velden U, van Steenberghe D, Baehni P. Periodontology as a recognized Dental Speciality in Europe. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 33: 371-375, 2006

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