About ESCD

We, at ESCD, are passionate about cosmetic dentistry. We know it’s what more and more of our patients ask for so we provide our members with the best possible support and education, for offering excellent services to the public. Whether you are completely new to cosmetic dentistry or whether you’re already an experienced practitioner ESCD warmly welcomes you. We are open to students, professors and scientific dental community and professionals as well. Founded in 2003 by a group of practicing dentists, dental technicians and dental professors of different universities from all over Europe, the ESCD (former ESED) is a logical process, responding not only to the growing interest by the public in the cosmetic and esthetic dentistry, but also to the respective needs of the european dental practicioner to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field. We are delighted to celebrate with you the 15th anniversary of the ESCD. Download our Anniversary brochure and find out more about Society. Join us!

ESCD Office

The ESCD is managed by the Executive Committee of the ESCD for the primary affairs and an Expanded Executive Committee for looking after ancillary activities. The ESCD also has country chairpersons representing it in various countries and promoting and enhancing membership in its country.

Dr. Marco Nicastro
dr Igor Ristic
Dr. Igor Ristic
Dr. Florin Lazarescu
General Secretary
Dr. Wolfgang Richter
Chairperson for International Postgraduate Education
Dr. Luca Dalloca
Chairperson for Laboratory Technique
Verena Nizic
Dr. Verena Nizic
CC Coordinator
Dr. Seppo Lindroos
Chairperson for Education
Dr. Maciej Zarow
Certified Members Chairperson
Dr. Karl Schwaninger
Louis Hardan
Dr. Louis Hardan
International Affairs Chairperson
Dr. Paulo Monteiro
Academic Relations Chairperson
Dr. Gregory Brambilla
Scientific Aspects


Dr. Daniel Baketic
International Affairs
Alina Lazar
Dr. Alina Lazar
Interdisciplinary Aspects
sujata baswaraj
Dr. Sujata Baswaraj
Media, Public Relations and Internet
ajay juneja
Dr. Ajay Juneja
Corporate Relations Chairperson
alexandru cucu
Dr. Alexandru Cucu
Students Relations

Your Country Chairperson can help with any question you may have about ESCD activities in your own country and can help you with issues like the payment of subscriptions, enrolling your dental team members and traveling to our Annual Meetings. To find your Country Chairperson use the search option bellow.

Rozafa DragushaRozafa DragushaAlbania
Ajay JunejaArab Emirates
Schwaninger KarlKarl SchwaningerAustria
Akhudov Murad Akhundov MuradAzerbaijan
rimbogariRim BogariBahrein
FadeevaNatalia FadeevaBelarus
Sinisa KovacevicSinisa KovacevicBosnia and Herzegovina
Asja MuhicAsja Muhic Bosnia and Herzegovina
LaurindoLaurindo Borelli Neto Brasil
Liu FengLiu FengChina
Ivan PuljicIvan PuljicCroatia
seppo-lindroosSeppo LindroosFinland
Alina LazarAlina LazarGermany
Kleanthis ManolakisKleanthis ManolakisGreece
csillagmariaMaria Csillag Hungary
hronnHronn RobertsdottirIceland
India-cc-dr-AbbyAbby AbrahamIndia
Luca TacchiniLuca TacchiniItaly
bakaeenlaraLara Bakaeen Jordan
Enis MalokuEnis MalokuKosovo
Louis HardanLebanon
Violeta ClausVioleta ClausLuxembourg
Irina Trajkovska-ZareskaMacedonia
jameelfarhimJermine BaljetNetherland Antilles
m-khan-cc-pakistanMaimoona KhanPakistan
Maciej ZarowMaciej ZarowPoland
Paulo Jorge MonteiroPaulo MonteiroPortugal
Bogdan CulicBogdan CulicRomania
Andrey AkulovichAndrey AkulovichRussia
Ristic IgorEna JoksimovicSerbia
Darjan KnehtlDarjan KnehtlSlovenia
Jaime CoppelJaime Coppel Spain
jameelfarhimFarhim JameelSri Lanka
Selim PamukTurkey
AleksandrAleksandr KozhemiakUkraine
Kamila AzimovaKamila AzimovaUnited Kingdom
Sujata BasawarajUSA
European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry
Europäische Gesellschaft für Kosmetische Zahnheilkunde (ESCD)
Articles of Incorporation as agreed by resolution
of the General Assembly
of 19 October 2021
§ 1 Name and headquarters of the association
1 The society is called “European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry (ESCD)”.
2 The Articles of Incorporation are submitted at the association authorities with the headquarters of the association in Vienna.
3 The tax year is the calendar year.
4 The headquarters of the association is Vienna.
§ 2 Tasks of the association
5 The purpose of the association is to promote research, evaluation and mediation of the research results, to promote the dentistry education, training and professional development in the field of aesthetic procedures regarding the mouth, teeth and jaw area and also to promote the information exchange and cooperation with regard to practical, scientific and aesthetic matters.
6 Furthermore, the European quality assurance is implemented in the field of aesthetic procedures regarding the mouth, teeth and jaw area, and in the aesthetic dentistry technology, based on the certifications for “Active Certified Member” and “Fellow Member”. Criteria and implementation guidelines are regulated by a separate certification scheme.
7 In addition, the concepts for ensuring a continuous flow of information between the representatives of the practical dentistry, especially between the users of the aesthetic dentistry procedures and the non-dentistry public must be created.
8 A further objective of the ESCD is to present the cosmetic and aesthetic procedures in the field of mouth, teeth and jaw to the members of the medical and dentistry profession, their assistant and the members of other professions within the medical field, in such a manner that the acquired abilities can be directly implemented in their activity according to their powers.
9 The cooperation with scientific associations and institutions on national and international level is desired.
10 Taking into account its purposes, the association must regularly publish a magazine and organize a conference annually. In doing so, account must be taken of the interests of both members of the board and full-time members of the universities.
11 Taking into account its purposes, the Association may, by resolution of the General Assembly, acquire membership in other domestic or foreign associations and organizations. In pursuit of its purposes the association can establish national associations.
§ 3 Public benefit
12 The association has exclusively and directly public benefit purposes in the meaning of section “Tax-deductible purposes”, according to Art. 34 et seq BAO.
13 The deductibility of donations offered to the association is regulated by the relevant tax provisions.
14 The association is a non-profit organization; it pursued the ideal purposes described in article 2 of the Articles of Incorporation.
15 The funds of the association may only be used for statutory purposes. The members do not receive any profit share and no other contributions from the association.
16 No persons can benefit from expenses that are above the statutory purpose.
§ 4 Membership
17 The company consists of regular, actively certified, invitationally certified member, fellow, international, promoting and corporative members as well as honorary members. The application to become a member of the ESCD must be made in writing.
18 The Board of Directors decides by simple majority on the admission of the applicant. After the positive decision of the Board of Directors and entry of the membership fee, the membership starts.
19 Certified members can become physicians, dentists and dental technicians, who have demonstrated special theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of esthetic procedures in the tooth, mouth and jaw area and dental technology. The evidence criteria are set out in the certification guidelines of the ESCD.
20 Upon request, the Certification Committed, which has certified instructors with certified members, establishes with constitutive effect the prerequisites necessary to obtain the certified membership.
21 Invitationally Certified Membership can be obtained only by invitation from the ESCD Board only. To maintain membership status payment of the annual subscription fee to ESCD is mandatory. After three years of invitationally certified membership promotion to actively certified membership can be applied for.
22 The Certification Committee decides on the certification of ordinary members by simple majority. The decision does not require any justification and the applicant is notified in writing. An appeal of the decision is not possible.
23 In order to maintain the membership category active certified and fellow, the annual contribution to ESCD must be paid (a compensation of membership fees of other partner companies is not possible) and the members must participate in at least two annual meetings within four consecutive years.
24 If there are no significant excuse reasons for non-participation, the Board of Directors decides by a simple majority on the withdrawal of the degree of certification. The decision requires no justification and the applicant is notified in writing about it. An appeal of the decision is not possible.
25 General members can be physicians and dentists, students of medicine or dentistry or members of medical or dentistry assistance professions, as well as dental technicians and other professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in cosmetic or aesthetic procedures in humans.
26 Corporate members may become healthcare agencies, medical or dental professional associations as well as corporate entities of the public right. A promoting member can be any natural or legal person. Promoting members can also participate at the general meeting with one natural person each.
27 International, promotional and corporate members have no voting rights. Honorary members can become members or other persons, who have made a special contribution to the purposes of the association. If a certified member is appointed as honorary member, he/she shall not affect his / her legal status as certified member, unless this statute expressly states otherwise. The honorary membership is awarded by the general meeting in a simple majority on the basis of a proposal passed by the Executive Committee in a secret ballot, by a two-thirds majority.
28 International members are persons from countries outside Europe.
§ 5 Amount of the membership contribution
29 An annual contribution shall be charged. The general meeting establishes the amount of the fee. The Board has the right to propose.
30 No admission contribution is charged.
31 Each member shall pay an annual fee. This contribution must be paid until March 31 for each year.
32 In justified exceptional cases, on request, the contribution can be reduced, deferred or exempted.
33 Certified members, who have reached the age of 65-years-old are exempted from paying the contributions according to the own request of the Board, provided that they have been a certified member of ESED for at least 5 years.
34 Honorary members are exempted from paying the contribution. This also applies if they are at the same time certified or regular members.
35 The contributions are only used for statutory purposes; contributions to members from the funds of the association are not allowed.
§ 6 End of the membership/termination /exclusion from the association
36 The membership ends with the death of the member as well as by the termination at the end of the year, if the notice of termination is submitted to the Board, in writing, until September 30 of each year.
37 The membership ends by further exclusion according to the decision of the Board.
38 An exclusion with immediate effect is only accepted in exceptional cases, if a particularly serious case of behavior affecting the association, give the Board an important reason for immediate termination, without notice.
39 Members who are in default of payment of their membership contributions, beyond the end of the payment period will be reminded of their obligation to pay. Willingness to pay will lead to exclusion from the association if the Board passes a relevant resolution.
40 Insolvency due to an emergency leads to the deferral of contributions, exceptionally also to the remission. The decision is made by the board.
§ 7 Rights of the Members
41 Members are entitled to use the facilities of the association and to participate at the events of the association.
42 Only certified members and fellow members have voting rights within the general meeting; the election by a representative is not allowed.
43 In case of amendments of the Articles of Incorporation, only the fellow members have voting rights.
44 The amendments of the Articles of Incorporation require a 2/3 majority of the present fellow members.
45 Until the certification of the first fellow members there is a transitional provision that also grants the “Certified Members” the right to vote in the case of amendments to the Articles of Association.
46 After the appointment of the first fellow member, this regulation will terminate automatically.
47 For election of the Board and election for the advisory members of the Board, the certified members have an active and passive election right. Unless the offices of the Commissioners for International Training, the ESCD Internet Website, Interdisciplinary Aspects and Administrative Matters can be filled by a certified member, the sole exception is the extension of the right to vote to another member from among the members of the Society.Both certified and general members can be elected in the ESCD Committee and Extended ESCD Committee. If a general member has been elected in the ESCD Committee and Extended ESCD Committee there is mandatory of becoming certified member in 1 year after the election.
48 Invited Certified Members have no election rights.
49 Only certified members have the right to use the symbol of ESCD and its name but also the addition ‚Certified Member‘or‚Fellow Member” when presenting themselves. As far as they have another position within the association, this can also be stated. The local provisions of the supervisory authorities of the countries shall be considered.
§ 8 Obligations of the members
50 Each member is obliged to promote the purpose of the association and avoid any action that could harm the reputation of the association, like violations of the Articles of Incorporation’s regulations and the decisions of the organization.
51 Each certified member undertakes to contribute at least once a year to the informative magazine of the company, if unless he/she otherwise assists the association.
§ 9 Association bodies
52 The bodies of the association are the General Meeting, the Board and the Advisory Council.
§ 10 The General Meeting
53 The General Assembly is to be convened annually by the Executive Board, subject to a notice period of four weeks, through personal invitation by letter or e-mail.The meeting place, meeting hour and the agenda set by the Board must be communicated to the Parties.
54 Requests to amend or supplement the agenda of the meeting shall be submitted no later than three weeks before the meeting and shall be submitted to the Board in writing. The board shall amend or supplement the agenda accordingly.
55 The Board and the Advisory Council may convene an ordinary general meeting, as described. The Board has to do this if at least one quarter of the members have requested the summoning in writing, stating the purpose and the reasons.
56 The General Meeting can make decisions regardless of the number of the members present.
57 Resolutions of the General Assembly are made by simple majority of the given votes, unless otherwise specified by law or by these Articles of Incorporation.
58 For the negotiations and resolutions of the General Assembly a minute shall be created, which must be signed by the President and by the secretary appointed by the General Meeting. The minutes shall be sent to all members in writing, in the form of a letter of acknowledgement or by email, at the latest before the next General Meeting.
59 The General Assembly decides on the approval of the annual financial statements, the discharge of the Board and amendments to the Articles of Incorporation.
§ 11 Tasks of the General Assembly
60 The General Assembly has especially the following tasks:
    1. Approval of the minutes of the previous General Meeting;
    2. Receipt and approval of business and budget reports of the Board as well as the cash report;
    3. Discharge of the Board;
    4. Election and recall of the Board;
    5. Election and recall of the Advisory Council;
    6. Approval of the budget plan for the coming business year;
    7. Confirmation of the proposals of the Board about the annual contributions for the coming year;
    8. Decision on awarding the honorary membership;
    9. Approval of legal transactions performed by the Board, if their value in individual cases exceeds € 30,000. This restriction only applies in internal relationship;
    10. Acquiring the membership in other associations and organizations;
61 For the fulfillment of their tasks, the General Meeting must create commissions.
§ 12 The ESCD Board (Committee)
62 The Board of Directors consists of:
  • the President
  • Past Presidents
  • the Vice President
  • the General Secretary
  • the Chairperson for international postgraduate education
  • the Chairperson for Laboratory Technique
  • the Country chairperson coordinator
  • the Treasurer
  • the Chairperson for education
  • the Certified members chairperson
  • the Academic relations chairperson
  • the International affairs chairperson
63 The Board decides on the assignment of the detailed tasks. The board can make decisions if at least three of its members are present.
64 The Association is represented judiciary and extra-judiciary by the President or the Secretary General. There is exclusive power of representation. In internal relationships the Secretary Generalcan use his/her representative power only if the President is actually or legally prevented from this task. Legal transactions, which exceed € 30,000 need the approval of the General Assembly. This restriction applies only for internal relations.
65 Holding the president’s office is limited to one period. Presidents must not get reelected.
66 The members of the Board are elected through secret ballot by all certified members within the General Assembly, for a period of two years.
67 Their recall before the end of this term is allowed for very important reasons only. If a member of the Board resigns during the term of office, the Board shall elect another substitute member for the rest of the term of office of the departing member.
68 The election requires the confirmation of the next General Assembly. In any case, the members of the Board remain in office until the new election.
69 Re-election is permitted.
70 All offices are honorary offices.
71 Meetings of the Board are convened by the President indicating the agenda and observing an invitation term of four weeks. The same applies if at least two members of the Board require the convocation.
72 The meetings of the Board are governed by the president.
73 For the negotiations and decisions of the Board Meeting the minutes shall be created, which must be signed by the President and by the Secretary appointed by the Board. The minutes shall be provided to all members of the Board, at least four weeks before the next meeting.
74 The resolutions of the Board and of the Advisory Board are made by a simple majority of presented votes. In case of a tie, the vote of the President is decisive.
§ 13 Tasks of the Board
75 The Board manages the business of the association and reports to the General Assembly, on a yearly basis. It makes resolutions of the General Meeting and manages the assets of the association.
76 The Board creates a budget plan for the coming financial year, which must be submitted to the General Assembly, for approval. It reports to the Annual General Assembly about the budget condition of the association.
§ 14 Advisory Board of the association
77 The Advisory Board of the association consists of:
  • the speaker for scientific issues
  • the speaker for press and Public Relations
  • the speaker for international affairs
  • the speaker for Interdisciplinary matters
  • the speaker for corporate relation
  • the speaker for student relations
78 The members of the Advisory Board are elected by secret ballot by all certified members during the General Assembly, for a period of three years.
79 The task assignment is decided upon by the Advisory Board and the Board. For this, at least three members of the mentioned authorities must be present.
80 The Board may propose to the General Assembly for its discharge and completion to establish further offices in the Advisory Board, and to fill them with members from among certified members. The exemption for members who are exceptionally not certified as well as international members and company members is described in Art. 7. The Advisory Board has no representation authority.
§ 15 Dissolution of the association
81 The dissolution of the association can only be decided by the General Assembly by a majority of 2/3 of the presented votes, but at least the majority of all voting members.
82 If at least half of all members entitled to vote are present at a general meeting convened to dissolve the association, the executive committee must convene another general meeting within the next three months, but no earlier than after six weeks. In this general meeting, the dissolution of the association can be decided by a simple majority of the voting members present.
§ 16 Financial year
83 The financial year is the calendar year.
§ 17 Linguistic equality
84 The names of persons and functions used are valid both in male and in female form.
§ 18 Interpretation of the Articles of Incorporation if translated into other languages
85 The German version of the Articles of Incorporation kept at the association authority in Vienna – including the amendment of the Articles of Incorporation – is decisive for the determination of the legal status of the association. Possible interpretations of the translations of these Articles of Incorporation into another language are not relevant.
§ 19 Applicable law
86 The association is subject to Austrian law.
§ 20 Come into effect
87 These Articles of Incorporation become valid after they have been registered with the association authority in Vienna.
Vienna, Athens, 16 September 2021 Europäische Gesellschaft für Kosmetische Zahnheilkunde European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry ESCD