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ADDE/FIDE Board Meeting with MEP´s


For the third time a joint meeting with the European dental suppliers and European parliament members (MEPs) took place on 30th May 2012 in Brussels.

Speakers revealed the development of the European Dental market with highly interesting figures, but mentioned the particular concerns of the European Dental industry and trade notably with regards to the European legislation.

At a business meeting during a recent European Parliament session European Parliament members (MEPs) were told of the economic role and current activities in the Dental sector. Delegates from ADDE and FIDE revealed concerns such as the forthcoming Medical Device Directives recast. Dr. Juergen Eberlein, FIDE President, illustrated the possible consequences for the dental industry. “If the plans of the European Commission and the European Parliament to classify all medical devices containing nanomaterial in class III and to implement a pre-market approval for all class III devices, well over 80 % of all dental medical devices are affected by these rules.” Another topic was the regulation of dental radiology equipment and its use in dental offices. Dr. Paul Ruebig MEP: “The dental care is an essential condition for eating and digesting, thus for health in general. The European legislator is probably not fully aware of the importance of the dental supplying branch.” He agreed that the number of regulations for SMES is definitely too high; therefore a dialogue between politicians and the concerned branch-leadership is desired and useful. “We are prepared to examine seriously the well documented problems of the dental branch regarding radiology regulations, medical directives and other concerns.”

Delegates from the European dentists’ association and the dental laboratories took part as well at this meeting.



Representatives of the European dental supplying organizations together with the hosting MEP, Dr. Paul Ruebig (Foto: B. Sticklies)




Input by Contrast: Impact of European Law on the business of ADDE members

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Recommendation by VGT (Netherlands) concerning 3D Radiology

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of 20 September 2011
amending Directive 76/768/EEC, concerning cosmetic products, for the purpose of adapting Annex III thereto to technical progress.

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View the inviation to the May 30th 2012 Business Dinner: "Dental health industry, its markets, challenges and concerns", here.