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About APEC

History and overview

The Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation (commonly known as APEC) began in December 1985 in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first of two organizational meetings of representatives from participating national endodontic societies and associations in the Asian Pacific region.


The second organizational meeting was held in Manila, The Philippines, in November 1986. The major task achieved at that meeting was the finalization of the first Constitution. This constitution was then ratified during the 1st Scientific Congress of APEC which happened in New Delhi, India, in January 1988. The Confederation and its Constitution were registered with the Registrar of Societies in Hong Kong in November 1989.


The aims of APEC, as stated in the first Constitution are:


To promote, develop and maintain high standards of endodontic research, teaching and clinical practice in the Asian Pacific region

To cultivate and foster closer professional relationships of the endodontic practitioners within the Asian Pacific region


In the 1993 Newsletter, the then President of APEC, Dr John Booth of Australia, added the following reasons why endodontists and national endodontic societies should join APEC and continue to support its activities:


1. To keep your country involved in regional endodontics.

2. To promote your country in the Newsletter by way of articles on Endodontics.

3. To work towards achieving high quality endodontics by means of advancing education through attending our meetings-if fees are charged then individual members could get a reduced fee.

4. To help set up a register of Endodontic specialists who are Board-registered in their country-this register could be of value to you if you have patients traveling

5. To receive the Newsletter

6. To enable you to feel you are helping the development of Endodontics in the Asian Pacific region

7. To help you keep in touch

8. The subscription is small and the knowledge gained can help you to be a leader in Endodontics in your country


In 1999, the same reasons still applied and it is most encouraging to see that APEC continues to grow, although slowly, within the region. The Confederation has conducted regular scientific meetings with large attendances in various countries in the region-a summary of the APEC scientific Congresses is attached.


The Constitution was revised in 1998-99 to reflect changes in the methods of operation of the Confederation and the increasing number of "Endodontic Society/Association Members" (national endodontic societies/associations from within the Asian Pacific region). This version will be presented to the Biennial General Meeting in April 1999 in Singapore for ratification and adoption. Once finalized, the new Constitution will help the Confederation to continue to achieve its aims and help members advance endodontic practice, teaching and research.


An organization such as APEC can only achieve its aims through the hard work and dedication of its Officers, Councilors and members. Each of these people must be willing to donate a considerable amount of time to the Confederation and there is no doubt that our past Officers and Councilors have done so quite unselfishly. One of the biggest challenges facing the Officers and Councilors is not only the physical distance that exists between them, but they must also learn to appreciate and co-operate with colleagues from different backgrounds, different cultures, different educational experiences and different political environments. Communication can be a problem and at times it can delay actions that are required. However, with modern day advances such as fax machines and electronic mail, this aspect is more easily overcome.

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