MISSION, VISION, OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE LITHUANIAN DENTAL CHAMBER

The Lithuanian Dental Chamber (hereinafter – Chamber) is a non-profit public legal entity of limited civil liability, which unites dentists and oral care specialists, as well as implements their self-governance. The Chamber's functions, management and operational peculiarities are defined and determined by the Law No. IX-1929 on the Lithuanian Dental Chamber approved by Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on 18 December 2003 (Official Gazette, 2004, No. 4-35).

MISSION – to unite and represent members of the Chamber on a local, regional, national and international level, and take care of the development and progress of oral health care activities.

VISION – to become an equal partner of state and oral healthl care institutions when addressing issues related to the organization and regulation of oral health care activities, and when forming a national policy in this field. To acquire competencies equal to those of European organizations.

Objectives and functions

According to the Law of the Lithuanian Dental Chamber, the following are the most important objectives, functions and rights of the Chamber:

CHAMBER OBJECTIVES:

  • to implement self-governance of oral health care professionals and coordinate its activities;
  • to carry out strategic oral health care tasks in the National health system;
  • to take care of the development of oral health care activities in the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the education of patients, continuous professional training and qualification improvement of dentists, and medical culture;
  • to prepare draft laws on matters related to professional activities of dentists and dental auxiliary, as well as provide these draft laws to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania;

CHAMBER FUNCTIONS:

  • to ensure that members of the Chamber are properly carrying out their professional duties, as well as complying with the Professional Code of Ethics for Dental Professionals and Chamber's Statute;
  • according to the procedures established by law, to issue licenses for dentists and dental auxiliary, to suspend and terminate the validity of these licenses, to terminate the suspension of the validity of licenses, to terminate license validity, to issue a copy of a license and to specify the information in license details;
  • to register information on the provision of temporary dental practice services for citizens of a Member State of the European Union, according to the procedures established by legal acts;
  • to issue licenses for oral health care institutions and accredit these institutions according to the procedures established by legal acts;
  • to manage part of the database of the register of health care and pharmacy specialist practice licenses, intended for registering licenses for dentists and dental auxiliary; together with universities, to address issues related to the formal education of dentists;
  • together with colleges, to address issues related to the formal education of dental auxiliary;
  • to address issues related to the informal education of dentists and dental auxiliary;
  • to organize the improvement of professional skills of its members, to establish qualification improvement procedures and control its compliance;
  • to carry out other functions provided in the Dental Chamber's Statute and the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania.

THE CHAMBER SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT:

  • to collect, store and summarize information about the practice of dentists according to the procedures established by law;
  • to receive information from its members, related to their dental or oral health care practice;
  • to represent the interests of its members in state and municipal institutions when addressing the issues of oral health careactivity organization, financing, pricing, etc.;
  • to organize courses, seminars and other training and qualification improvement events for dentists;
  • to develop and support priority directions for dental science, to research the demand for dentists, and to participate in the preparation of dental study programmes organized by educational institutions;
  • other rights established by the legal acts and the Chamber's Statute.