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International Affairs

The BDA has international involvement on a European and a world-wide scale to make sure that the profession’s voice is heard outside the UK.

There are a number of international groups representing different areas of interest. The BDA currently is a member of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the International Dental Federation (FDI) and its European Regional Organisation (ERO), the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Through its international involvement, the BDA promotes the interests of the profession and take a lead where appropriate. This is particularly important at EU level, where decisions will impact on the practice of dentistry in the UK. Meeting with colleagues from other countries helps inform our strategic thinking, share experiences and team up, where appropriate, with other similar organisations for co-operation. We are also pleased to be involved in activities that contribute to the advancement of health in developing countries. The world is becoming an ever-smaller place, and close co-operation with our peers in other countries is beneficial and inevitable.

For more information, contact Ulrike Matthesius at or 020 7563 4133.