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Dear colleague, dear friend,
Hope, trust, optimism.
As we approach the end of 2020 and prepare to welcome 2021, these three words sum up my message to you today as president of the EFP. Hope for a New Year that will bring us health and stability. Trust in the safety of our protocols, in the value of our scientific approach, and in our efforts to serve the public interest and public health. Optimism to keep in mind that our efforts to defeat the pandemic will eventually pay off. So: hope, trust, optimism.
Yes, 2020 has been a tough year. Uncertainty and doubt have plagued our practices, our classes, our lives – all badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many among us have suffered considerably and gone through a lot. At the EFP, we have done our best to provide guidance and answers, and to serve our national societies and their members to the best of our abilities.
For example, the EFP succeeded in organising a great Perio Master Clinic 2020 in Dublin in early March, and a successful Gum Health Day 2020 on 12 May, that said “no to bleeding gums”. We disseminated the new S3-level clinical-practice guideline for the treatment of stages I-III of periodontitis, as developed by Perio Workshop 2019. We launched the Perio & Cardio campaign in September, and strengthened our Perio & Caries campaign with the release in October of a new animation, presenting in ten languages the role of dental biofilm in causing both caries and periodontal disease.
In terms of communications, in 2020 for practical reasons we went more digital than ever. We launched a new EFP website and the new EFP Virtual initiative has brought major innovations such as the Perio Sessions webinars and Perio Talks – both able to bring live, interactive discussion on perio to everybody. We created a safety protocol on Covid-19 for dental practices, and extended our long-term endeavour of explaining the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases to the global dental community. And our Journal of Clinical Periodontology attained its best-ever impact factor, which pays tribute to the outstanding work performed by its editor Maurizio Tonetti.
For reasons of responsibility, we have decided to postpone EuroPerio10 in Copenhagen from June 2021 to summer 2022 and Perio Workshop 2020 from November 2020 to summer 2021. And we developed a survey that has been collecting data on the Covid-19 pandemic so that our affiliated societies have a global and precise vision of its evolving international situation.
The EFP is firmly determined to make the most from the new year – challenging and inspiring – that lies ahead of us. We will adapt to the changing pandemic circumstances and will keep putting safety first. We are committed to keep serving you and we are working hard on forthcoming initiatives, including Gum Health Day 2021 and the Postgraduate Symposium in Belgium next September.
On behalf of the EFP’s staff and core executive committee, I would like to warmly thank you and our 37 affiliated societies, with 16,000+ dental professionals behind them, for your incredible efforts and insight. Many thanks also to my predecessor Filippo Graziani for his great leadership, to our professional team and our committees for their formidable contribution, and to our partners for staying at our side in these exceptional times. From my hometown of Nantes, France, I wish you and your loved ones “des bonnes fêtes de fin d’année” and a happy, healthy, fruitful New Year.
President of the EFP