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Giuliana Bontà

Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

The Italian Ministry of Health must to recognize the qualifications/titles/kind of degree acquired abroad ( origin country or country where the candidate studied). In order to provide most detailed informations to those are interested in this topic is possible to visit a specific web site from the Ministry of Healh: (Health Professions-recognition titles)

From this website it’s also possible to download documents and the form that must be fill with all the infos requested and presented by the candidate to the Ministry of Healh in order to ask for the evaluation of the title and to obtein the permission to work on the Italian territory.

Official licensing body in the country

The official licensing body in Italy is, as preview reported, the Ministry of Health. Listed below we report: the main address, tel.numb. and of course the website:

Ministry of Health
Viale Giorgio Ribotta 5
IT 00144 – Rome – Italy
PBX  +39 06.5994.1

Special conditions that may apply for hygienists that obtain employment


According to the procedure the clinician needs to obtain the approval from the Ministry of Health before starting to work and/or looking for a job.

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

For all that concern the visa and or to collect  informations about how to obtain a visa document for Italy we recommend to contact the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence / origin country.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?


Main local and/or official language(s)

Italian language. It is necessary to be fluent in written and spoken Italian language.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?


Information on the local working environment

The Dental Hygienist can work as employee; in this first case, the job is regulated by a national contract and can be full-time: 40 hours per week, with an average of 4 weeks of vacation, or part time.

This job condition is valid for contracts stipulated with private offices or public institutions.
In Italy the DH can work as a free lance and works with one or more private office. In this second case the job is defined by contracts stipulated between the DH and the owners of the different private offices.

Standard tasks that hygienists are allowed to undertake in the country
  • Dental health education,

  • Primary prevention projects,

  • Compilation odontostomatological medical record,

  • Technical and statistical data collection,

  • Removal of calculus and bacterial plaque,

  • Scaling,

  • Root planing,

  • Polishing restorations,

  • Salivary testing for the predictability of caries disease,

  • Dental bleaching,

  • Topical application of prophylactic means,

  • Sealants,

  • Oral hygiene instruction,

  • Alimentary education.

  • Counselling patients (nutrition and smoking).

Further information:

Job opportunities in public institutions/ Hospitals / public services are very limited; dentistry is mainly private.

For further information please visit This is the website of the Italian Dental Hygienists Association (A.I.D.I.)

Country Statistics
Total Population 60,400,000
Number of Dental Hygienists, (estimated) Female / Male 4400 / 1100
Number of Dentists 56100
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 33 / 700
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time 65% / 35%
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 98% / 2%
Number of Dental Hygienists in independent practice 2
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians 99%
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators 2%
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants 6
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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.

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