The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly by a vote of 663 to 8 in March 2017 to ban mercury use in dental amalgam for children under 15 and for mothers who are pregnant or nursing. Dental mercury amalgam for fillings is the largest remaining use of mercury in the EU. The following changes are also mandated under this new European Union regulation:
Amalgam use in children under age 15 will be banned on 1 July 2018.
Amalgam use in pregnant women will be banned on 1 July 2018.
Amalgam use in breastfeeding mothers will be banned on 1 July 2018.
Each country in the European Union is required to develop a national plan by 1 July 2019, laying out how it will reduce its amalgam use.
The European Commission will have to report by June 2020 to the European Parliament and to the Council on the feasibility of ending dental amalgam use by 2030.
Why is mercury a problem?
Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans and the environment. Large amounts can be fatal, and even relatively low doses can have serious health effects, affecting the nervous system in particular.
The European Union countries join Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany which have already banned or restricted use of mercury in dental fillings.
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