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The European board of orthodontists: a challenge at any stage

From Volume 12, Issue 2, April 2019 | Pages 53-62


Catherine Brierley

BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), Consultant Orthodontist

Consultant Orthodontist, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield

Articles by Catherine Brierley


Recognizing differences in the standards of orthodontic postgraduate education across Europe, the European Board of Orthodontists was established in 1997 with the aim of providing a standard against which an orthodontist could be judged independent of national barriers and, in so doing, promoting high standards of care. This article describes the experiences of both authors who sat the assessment at the June 2018 diet held at the European Orthodontic Congress in Edinburgh.

CPD/Clinical Relevance: Application for membership to the European Board of Orthodontists requires clinicians to work towards illustrating well-described and applied clinical procedures to correct significant orthodontic problems to an identified excellent standard. In the pursuit of attaining this recognition, orthodontists will invariably reflect on the treatments they provided and undoubtedly learn more, as well as seeing improvements in the standard of their patients' care.


The American Board of Orthodontists (ABO) certification was created in 1929, with the aim of giving the orthodontist a clear view about the quality of care delivered and aiding the public in identifying quality-oriented orthodontists. In Europe, the development of the whole orthodontic specialty has been more haphazard, but with the adoption of a standard curriculum by many European universities, the European Orthodontic Society initiated the European Board of Orthodontists (EBO) in 1997.1 As recently as July 2018, there was a letter written to the British Dental Journal highlighting the problems in Russia with ‘Orthodontics vs orthodontiya’. The author suggested that referring dentists refer to board certified specialists as a means of ensuring that the orthodontic treatment provided would be performed in line with European approved protocols.2

In this article, two recently successful candidates at different stages of their careers will describe both routes to membership of the EBO.

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