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At the first council meeting of the European Academy of Paediatric dentistry (EAPD), held in PARIS (1990) a decision was made to form an Educational Committee (EC). The development of guidelines for training programs in Paediatric Dentistry was decided as the first priority for the committee and a questionnaire was sent to a11 Dental schools in Europe to determine the existing situation. A preliminary report was presented by Luc Martens at the first EAPD meeting (LEEUWENHORST,l992). At the general assembly of the same meeting the EC was officially installed with a Membership of Luc Martens as chairman (Belgium), Satu Alalusuua (Finland)-Guran Dahlluf (Sweden) - Frans Frankenmolen (The Netherlands) - Barry Sheer (UK) - Lisa Papagianoulis (Greece). Further data was collected by this group and a second report presented at the council meeting in LONDON (1993). A task force of Martin Curzon, Guran Koch, Luc Martens and Constantine Oulis was formed to review a11 the existing material.

Preliminary deliberations on the possible aims and conditions of training in Paediatric Dentistry was conducted by mail and in september the task force met in GOTENBORG. A complete review of the existing programs was completed and a more detailed review of those programs of 2 years (or equivalent) or more in lenght. On the basis of a11 this data a defenite set of main goals, program objectives, general and specific conditions was drawn up.

Under auspices of the EC, the objectives of the required courses for education and training of a Paediatric Dentist were deliniated. A first draft of the curriculum guidelines was presented at the Symposium of the Second EAPD Congress (ATHENS,1994). A panel of 15 representatives of Europeans countries discussed with the members of EC and task force these proposals. After aIl comments and suggestions had been taken into account, a second draft was presented to the Council at its meeting in GOTEBORG (1995). This draft was approved but also some further minor revisions were decided upon eliminating overlaps between material in different chapters.

Six years after the founding of EAPD the final draft of the " CURRICULUM GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY "is available. This document should be used as the basis for starting and developing programs throughout Europe. In the mean time, it can be used as a basis for the accreditation of existing programs. The next goal of the committee needs to be the development of an accreditation protocol.

According to the constitution, I have to retire from this committee. It was a pleasure and an honour fulfilling this task. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to a11 the members of the EC and the task force for their support.

Luc C. MARTENS
Bruges, 1996