Lifelong learning is no longer an option for dentists but rather a necessity, an obligation. In this contribution a survey is presented of all persons and institutions involved in the supply for continuing professional development (CPD). Subsequently the role will be discussed of the government, the universities, the professional organisation, the scientific associations and the scientific dental journals. The most decisive factor however is the own responsibility of the individual dental practitioner to keep learning a life long. Future developments will be touched upon shortly.