General eligibility for membership

The Network is a group of orthodontic postgraduate training programs represented by programme directors or orthodontists assigned by institutes, which deliver a structured programme in orthodontics and which strive to fulfill the guidelines for postgraduate education in orthodontics in Europe (European Journal of Orthodontics 2014;36:340-349), which are briefly outlined below:
  • Programme

    • Structured programme
    • Minimum of 3 years full time or equivalent
    • Delivered in universities or institutes with an officially recognized academic affiliation
    • Accredited according to national standards, if applicable
  • Clinical activity

    • Clinic activity (chair-side time) minimum 16 h/week (approx. 2000h over the 3 year programme)
    • Treatment of at least 50 new cases with a variety of malocclusions
    • Clinical supervision by an orthodontic specialist
    • If part of the education is performed in private or hospital clinics, the latter must have agreed affiliation with a university
  • Theoretical education

    • Based on a structured programme
    • Lectures and seminars equivalent to at least 5h/week (minimum 600h over the 3 year programme) distributed over the entire educational period
    • Treatment planning or treatment evaluation seminars or discussions equivalent to at least 3h/week
    • Assessment of knowledge within the education period and a summative final examination.
  • Research

    • Protected research time allocated with provision of academic guidance. The research should be of sufficient quality to lead to a publication or a congress presentation