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WFO - World Federation of Orthodontists - Programs

The WFO is active in areas of international orthodontic interest. The following Guidelines have been developed:



·         WFO Guidelines for the Establishment of New National and Regional Orthodontic Certification Boards

·         WFO Postgraduate Orthodontic Educational Guidelines



The WFO Guidelines for orthodontic certification boards were developed after two very successful symposiums held during the 6th IOC in Paris, France in 2005 and the 7th IOC held in Sydney, Australia, in February, 2010.  The guidelines were developed by a committee of appointed representatives of 16 orthodontic certifying boards in response to many questions and solutions posed during the symposiums. Further development was led by current WFO president, Prof. Roberto Justus, Director of Research, Graduate Department of Orthodontics, Intercontinental University, Mexico City, Mexico.  It is anticipated that the guidelines may encourage the establishment of new certifying boards in orthodontics.  The WFO hopes that existing certifying boards may wish to compare their current guidelines and procedures to those recommended by the WFO, modifying them accordingly, if they find that their standards would be improved.



The WFO Postgraduate Orthodontic Educational Guidelines were developed after an extensive review of orthodontic educational programs around the world. This review was completed by a distinguished academic task force composed of academicians from several continents and led by former WFO president, Prof. A.E. Athanasiou, Chairman of the Orthodontic Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The Guidelines are intended as a guide to those institutions that would seek to develop new programs and for those who would wish to have a standard against which to measure their current offering. The guidelines provide specific direction for university recognized quality orthodontic specialty training.