Orthodontic Certifying Boards
The WFO strives to advance the art and science of Orthodontics throughout the world. Since the overall purpose of board certification is to improve the level of orthodontic treatment received by the public, liaising with all the National and Regional Specialty Certifying Boards is a key objective of the WFO. The Board Certifications Committee aims to encourage board certifications amongst its fellows and to assist in the formation of new Boards in the field of orthodontics when requested.
Board Certifications symposiums have been a regular feature of the International Orthodontic Congresses (IOC’s) since the Paris meeting in 2005. These meetings have yielded stimulating discussions between leaders of specialty boards around the world.
The WFO Committee on National and Regional Orthodontic Boards, with its representatives from the 16-recognized orthodontic certifying boards, strives to spark discussion and interest in the board-certification process among orthodontists worldwide. Since its formation, the WFO Committee on National and Regional Orthodontic Boards has developed Guidelines.
The first guideline document can be accessed by clicking below:
WFO Guidelines for the Establishment of New National and Regional Orthodontic Boards
The Committee met at the IOC in London. Click here for the proceedings of that meeting.
The WFO anticipates these documents may serve to encourage the establishment of new certifying boards in orthodontics. Existing certifying boards may wish to compare their current guidelines and procedures to those recommended by the WFO and modify them accordingly if they find that their standards could be improved.
The current Board Certifications Committee is working on creating a comprehensive data base of Board protocols around the world and an organized forum for Boards to interact with each other. The Committee is planning to meet at the AAO meeting in Washington (2018) and organize a Board Certifications Symposium at the 9th IOC in Yokohama, Japan (2020).
The WFO Committee on National and Regional Orthodontic Boards (2017-2020)
Representatives from the 16 orthodontic certifying boards serve as members on the WFO Committee on National and Regional Orthodontic Boards. The regional representatives represent their own regional boards. They are an excellent resource for information regarding the value of a board-certification process, for any WFO affiliate societies interested in developing a board.
The members of this committee are:
Dr Nikhilesh R Vaid (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Tom Ahman (Co-Chair) email@example.com
Dr David Turpin (Advisor)
American Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Valmy Kulbersh Kulbersh@americanboardortho.com
Argentinian Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Adriana Pascual firstname.lastname@example.org
Australasian Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Winifred Harding email@example.com
Brazilian Board of Orthodontics:
Eustaquio Araujo firstname.lastname@example.org
European Board of Orthodontics:
Guy De Pauw Guy.DePauw@UGent.be
French Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. André Horn <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
German Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Bärbel Kahl-Nieke email@example.com
Indian Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Sanjay Ganeshkar firstname.lastname@example.org
Italian Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Alberto Marcello Caprioglio email@example.com
Japanese Orthodontic Board:
Dr. Ryuzo Kanomi firstname.lastname@example.org
Korean Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Seung Hak Baek email@example.com
Mexican Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Mauricio Gonzales Balut firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Roberto Tan email@example.com
Saudi Board of Orthodontists:
Dr. Ali Habib Hassan firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Spanish Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Juan Carlos Varela firstname.lastname@example.org
Taiwan Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Eric Liou email@example.com
Thai Board of Orthodontics:
Dr. Somchai Satravaha firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently formed Boards interested in being represented on this committee or societies interested in forming a Board may contact either Dr. Vaid or Dr. Ahman (see their e-mail addresses above).