The success of the first international conference of dental regulators in Edinburgh, Scotland in October 2013 was the impetus for a core group of dental regulatory authorities to recognize that there was great merit in making this an annual event.

The first conference dealt with shared issues such as labour mobility, international accreditation, development of guidelines and standards, and role of continuing education to ensure continued competency.

Delegates came from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, France, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The benefits of dialogue about the shared challenges and the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge demonstrated the value of formalizing and expanding the relationships among dental regulatory authorities to the international level.

During late 2013 and early 2014, a key group of people mobilized to form the International Society for Dental Regulators. The founding committee was composed of representatives from Canada, Dubai, France, Ireland and New Zealand.

A call went out around the world for countries to support the formation of the International Society for Dental Regulators. The founding members, who are listed on this website, answered that call.