PBPD Organizational Overview

I. Vision

The vision of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry is to achieve excellence in Pediatric Dentistry through certification of all pediatric dentists in the Philippines.

II. Mission

The mission of the PBPD is to verify to the public and to the health professions that a dentist has successfully completed both an advanced educational program in Pediatric Dentistry and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care.

III. Organization

The PBPD was organized in 1996 and was sponsored by the Philippine Pediatric Dental Society Inc. Soon after, it was recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission Board of Dentistry as the specialty board to accredit Pediatric Dentistry specialists. It conducted its first Written Qualifying Examination in 1997.

The PBPD continues to be recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission Board of Dentistry since 2011 as an organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as the specialty board to accredit pediatric dental specialists. It holds PRC Board of Dentistry Accreditation No. 01-0304-2003. It continues to be recognized by the PPDSI as the specialty board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The PBPD awards Certificates to successful candidates conferring onto them the designation Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

IV. Objectives

The objectives of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry are:

1. To promote interest among pediatric dentists in the Philippines in attaining Board certification.

2. To disseminate information about the certification process.

3. To administer a certification process which validates the candidate's in-depth knowledge and proficiency in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry by:

a. Verification of the applicant’s educational qualifications.

b. Validation of the candidate’s knowledge, application and performance by successful completion of designated examinations.

4. To issue Diplomate certificates for qualified candidates.

5. To administer a Renewal of Certification examination which demonstrates the Diplomate's continued in-depth knowledge and proficiency in Pediatric Dentistry and evidence of lifelong learning.

6. To maintain a registry of Diplomates.

7. To conduct an annual credentials survey to assure that candidates and Diplomates are in good standing in their community and profession.

8. To verify that the candidate and the Diplomate maintain an active license to practice dentistry.

9. Establish and maintain the standard of the specialty title and Pediatric Dentistry training programs.

The PBPD is authorized to issue to a dentist, a certificate of recognition of special knowledge in pediatric dentistry and to suspend and revoke the same, when necessary. Certification does not confer the legal qualification or license to practice dentistry.

The PBPD receives and acts upon applications from dentists for certification and receives payment of fees. It maintains and amends rules and standards for the granting and revocation of certificates.

The PBPD determines by examination the proficiency of dentists who apply for certification as Diplomates, according to the definition of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric Dentistry is defined as an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs (1995, ADA).

V. Duties and Functions of the Board

1. To promote interest among pediatric dentists in the Philippines who successfully completed an advanced graduate program in pediatric dentistry in attaining board certification. The advanced program in pediatric dentistry must have been a full time program with a minimum of 24 months.

2. To disseminate current information about the certification process.

3. To create and administer a certification process which validates the candidate’s in depth knowledge and proficiency in the specialty of pediatric dentistry by:

a. Completion of the initial credentialing process and verification of the candidate’s educational qualifications.

b. Validation of the candidate’s knowledge, application, and performance by successful completion of an examination process.

4. To administer the Renewal of Certification Process which validates the Diplomate’s credentials (including an active license to practice dentistry), continued in-depth knowledge and proficiency in the specialty of pediatric dentistry and performance in practice.

5. To maintain a registry of Diplomates.

6. The Board shall formulate and put into effect the policies, criteria and rules for the examination process that shall govern the certification of candidates and the renewal of certification of Diplomates.

7. The Board shall be authorized to take action even to the extent of declaring the certificate null and void when:

a. It is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that a recipient ceases to conduct himself or herself in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Philippine Dental Association or in accordance with such requirements, including ethical obligations or Standards, as may be established by the Board.

b. It is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that the recipient no longer gives his/her patients adequate or proper oral health care commensurate with the best-accepted techniques and knowledge of pediatric dentistry.

c. Individuals with a 10-year time limited certificate do not successfully complete the components of the Renewal Certification Process.

d. The renewal fee is not paid on of before March 1 annually for the prior year.

e. The diplomate status is surrendered by the recipient.

8. The Board is charged with creating and thereafter maintaining a manual of Standards, Policies and Procedures that will consist of but will not be limited to the following:

a. Standards: Eligibility of applicants and/o candidates, testing, practice, continuing education credits for re-registration and recertification along with eligibility of non-resident programs and resident programs

b. Structure: Structure of tests and requirements.

c. Information: For applicants and/or candidates on modules, course study,  testing, written exams and testing sites.

d. Candidate Processing: On applications, testing, test results, item selection and item selection and item re-evaluation.

e. Test Development: Test items, test development, item selection and item re-evaluation.

f. Test Security: Confidentiality and item protection.

g. Scoring and scoring reporting.

h. Appeals: for tests, registration, diplomate status, re-registration, and re-certification

i. Continual maintenance: On test, tasks and the Board.   

j. Program Evaluation: programs, modules testing and instruction

k. Exhibits of the Program Handbook

l. Issue diplomate certificates.

9. The PBPD serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards to ensure the quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of pediatric dentistry.  The scope of the PBPD encompasses advanced dental and allied dental education programs.

10. The PBPD will accredit Pediatric Dentistry training programs.

VI. Definition of Applicant

An applicant is a pediatric dentist who submits the verification of credentials form, pays the appropriate fees and upon validation of PBPD of credentials is eligible to take the Qualifying Written Exam. Applicants are not considered to be in the certification process until they have taken or have been exempted from taking their initial Qualifying Written Examination.

When verifications are requested by a third party (e.g. hospital administrators regarding medical staff privileges) applicants are not considered to be in the certification process.

VII. Definition of Candidate

A candidate is a pediatric dentist who has successfully completed the Qualifying Written Examination and is within the 6-year period necessary to complete the certification process.

Candidate status is maintained annually with payment of the Maintenance of Candidacy Fee. Failure to pay the fee results in loss of Candidate status. Candidate status can be regained by completion of reactivation application and payment of delinquent fees.

A Candidate MUST be actively pursuing certification. A Candidate has six (6) years from the date of taking their first Qualifying Written Examination to complete the certification process. If certification is not achieved during the assigned period, Candidacy status is terminated and the Qualifying Written Examination results are forfeited.

The period of Candidacy for completion of the PBPD examinations may be extended by the Board upon written request by the Candidate. Extensions will only be considered if the candidate is pursuing additional education/training in an accredited program or in situations of documented medical disability and/or special circumstances. Inability of the Candidate to meet examination requirements will not be grounds for extension.

VIII. Definition of Diplomate

A Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a pediatric dentist whose credentials in advanced Pediatric Dentistry education have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill and is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.

Time-limited Diplomate

A time-limited diplomate is an active Diplomate who has successfully completed the certification process and was awarded a 10 year certificate. An active Diplomate must comply with the Renewal of Certification Process (ROCP) which is a four-part renewal of certification process that assures the public of a Diplomates’ competency in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry.

ROCP is a continuous, rolling process documenting achievement in four critical areas of Pediatric Dentistry. Completion of the four areas is required of all Diplomates

Part 1: Professional Standing (Your unrestricted license to practice dentistry and the credentials survey)

Part 2: A commitment to lifelong learning, continuing scholarship and improvement (Your dentistry knowledge is current because you engage in self-assessment and learning activities, eg. Continuing Education)

Part 3: Cognitive expertise measured by examination -(ROC examination)

Part 4: Satisfactory performance in practice/continuous quality improvement (Your active involvement in measuring and improving the quality of patient care)

Retired Diplomate

A retired diplomate is an active Diplomate who has retired from the practice of dentistry, administration and/or teaching.

IX. Fees and Important Dates

Annual Fees:

Maintenance of Candidacy Fee (non-refundable) by March 1 PHP 500.00
Annual Renewal Fee for Diplomates by March 1 PHP 10,000.00
Retired Diplomate/Life Diplomate   No Fee

Application Deadlines and Fees:

Submission of Application for Validation of Credentials  October 1 PHP 5,000.00
Application for Qualifying Written Examination (QWE) November 1 PHP 15,000.00
Application for Case Presentation  April 15 PHP 15,000.00
Application for Clinical Oral Review Examination (CORE) August 15 PHP 15,000.00
Renewal of Certification Examination November 1 PHP 10,000.00

Examination Dates:

Qualifying Written Examination (QWE) 1st Monday of February
Case Presentation June 15
Clinical Oral Review Examination (CORE) 3rd Monday of November
Renewal of Certification Examination 2nd Monday of February

Application forms and fees must be received by the PBPD Secretariat on or before the deadline date for the examination.

Select a mail service of your choice to assure prompt and guaranteed delivery by the deadline date. All fees must be made payable to the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry. All fees are subject to change with notification on the PBPD website.

If a Candidate or Diplomate does not pay their annual dues by the Deadline of March 1, they are placed into Administrative Suspension. There is a PHP500.00 reactivation fee after March 1.

X. Legal Issues

If a Candidate's license to practice dentistry has been revoked or suspended the Candidate will not be scheduled for a PBPD examination.

XI. Use of Specialty and Board Designations

Specialty Announcements

As per PRC Code of Professional Conduct a dentist can announce specialization as specialist in Pediatric Dentistry or Practice Limited to Pediatric Dentistry.

A. Use of the Diplomate Status:

On letterhead, business cards, telephone directories, and biographical summaries. The appropriate title is Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry or Certified, Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry. On the Web, the term as stated above can be used with the doctor’s name on the home page. The Board has no abbreviation, therefore, the abbreviation DPBPD or PBPDD or PBPD (Dip) are inappropriate and MUST NOT be used. The term Diplomate MUST NOT be used in the direct solicitation of patients or for strictly commercial purposes.

B. Use of the term Candidate:

The term Candidate is an administrative designation used by the Board in identifying dentists who have voluntarily submitted their credentials for verification and are actively in the credentialing process by application of appropriate examination after sitting for the QWE. It cannot be used as promotion by the pediatric dentist (including but not limited to letterhead, business cards, office brochures, telephone directories, or web sites).