Message from the Board Chairman of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

Message from the Society Board Chairman

Takashi Miyazaki, DDS, PhD, FICD
Board Chairman
Japanese Society of Oral Implantology

In the general meeting held on June 14, 2020, new directors were appointed during the election of executive officers. In the subsequent board meeting, I was elected as the Board Chairman for a second term by the board of directors. As previously, we will continue to make every effort to improve member services and establish the presence of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology. To this end, we look forward to your continued support.

The recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has had a major impact not only on the medical front but on society as a whole. As a medical society, it is our first priority to protect the health of our members and stakeholders. In this regard, the following measures were taken: 1) cancellation of the Workshop for the Improvement of Clinical Skills among Dental Implant Specialists, scheduled for March; 2) holding of the 50th Annual Convention of the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology (JSOI) online; 3) postponement of the 50th Anniversary ceremony of JSOI; and 4) cancellation of all branch academic conventions and examinations scheduled for FY 2020. We would like to convey our sincere apologies to all the members who were looking forward to participating in these events. Going forward, as a way to adapt to the post-COVID-19 era, we aim to improve member services by implementing various web services.

In response to the second press release by the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan (NCAC) in March of last year, our Society—responsible for medical treatment involving dental implants—issued a statement promoting the “Thorough Dissemination of Clinical Guidelines on Dental Implant Treatment” and “Utilization of Board Certification System,” to ensure that the public can receive appropriate dental implant treatment.

This year, we will issue the “2020 Clinical Guidelines on Dental Implant Treatment: From Methods of Examination and Diagnosis to Risk Management” that integrates conventional clinical guidelines with guidelines on “Dental Implant Treatment and Risk Management.” We will work with each institution so that the guidelines can be used by members as well as other institutions.

With regard to the Board Certification System, Japan Dental Specialty Board has published basic guidelines and has begun conducting certification exams. As implant dentistry has also been proposed as a specialty accessible to the public, in cooperation with the Japanese Academy of Maxillofacial Implants, we will continue the preparation to receive certification as a board of implant dentistry. This paves the way for medical qualification that can be promoted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, which has been a long-cherished wish of our members.

The importance of providing accurate information was emphasized in a press release by the NCAC. Although our Society already has a website, as part of the 50th anniversary commemorative project, a new book intended for the general public is scheduled to be published in September by a major publisher under the supervision of our Society.

We kindly request the cooperation and support of our members so that our Society can continue to develop.