The European College of Orthodontics (CEO) is a scientific society in full vigour as can be attested to by the composition of its members. In 2017, the CEO will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The College hosts 460 active members located in 13 countries and is progressing while enjoying the pleasure and honour of admitting representatives of new nations and progressively greater numbers of students earning their specialty degrees.
These apparently modest membership figures highlight two specific features of CEO: a requirement to be a specialist in order to be a member and the requirement to present five case studies in areas of member specialisation within seven years to achieve the status of permanent member.
The French and Italian orthodontists that have traditionally formed the base of the CEO have in recent years been joined by a significant number of colleagues from Portugal, Morocco and other nations in varying numbers.
The allotment of members according to their status affirms that CEO has confirmed its maturity, vigour and youth as an organization.
Orthodontist members with diplomas, affiliated and permanent members, number 307 persons, and there are 189 permanent members, representing a percentage of 61,5%. These members have belonged to CEO for over seven years and have met the requirement of presenting five cases of treated patients.
The CEO welcomes practitioners from various disciplines, synergistic and/or complementary: maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, gnathologists etc. to come share their latest findings and technical perspectives in the framework of multidisciplinary treatments. These practitioners, who enjoy the status of “associate member”, are currently 15.
The youth and energy or our College is evidenced by the presence of 138 junior-student members with reduced dues who can attend all of the organisation's events and receive copies of International Orthodontics.
The student program, which began in 2004 with a single member, is a very positive feature and is proof that our younger colleagues appreciate both the quality of the conferences they have attended during our congresses and the warm and friendly atmosphere present within the College.
The enthusiasm evinced by young practitioners and students to join the College is enough to counter the erroneous assertion, too prevalent, that the CEO is a sort of conservatory of orthodox techniques that is now quite out of date. This lingering reputation couldn't correspond less to the reality of the College.
For over fifteen years now, CEO members are no longer exclusively practitioners using Tweed and Edgewise techniques that were historically prevalent at the society's origin.
Numerous practitioners using techniques derived from these, or Root, Swing, TGO, Damon techniques to name just a few, have since joined the ranks of our College. At present, many CEO members also practice at least one lingual orthodontics technique.
While there does indeed exist a community of thought within the European College of Orthodontics, it has no propensity for exclusively practicing such or such a technique. It is rather an ongoing and determined quest for clinical excellence with a heavy weighting of professional ethics.
In closing, I would like to point out that 33 College members have received the Certificate of Excellence in Orthodontics Practice of the French Board, 23 of who still practice.
In keeping with its spirit of openness, CEO heartily welcomes all colleagues that seek to belong to an innovative scientific community, which is resolutely centred on the search for quality and whose meetings are always events replete with cordiality and friendship.
Vice-President & Secretary General of the CEO