European Union to ban use of dental amalgam in 2025-WAMFD

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The European Council and Parliament have strike a deal to end the amalgam era in the 27-nation European Union by 1st January 2025. The decision to ban amalgam use in the EU came after 14-year intensive campaign by the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry (WAMFD).

A statement by the WAMFD, the global campaigner for mercury-free dentistry disclosed that the new deal is to be formally adopted in the coming months with other three major wins in the EU.

Amalgam use ends in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and all other EU countries on 1 January 2025 – just eleven months from now!  (The law retains narrow, time-limited exemptions for a few smaller Member States to adjust their insurance.)

Amalgam manufacturing and imports are phased out on a timetable, cutting off the supply of this mercury product in the EU.

Dental amalgam exports are banned next year too – so the EU will no longer allow amalgam sellers to dump their toxic product in Africa or Latin America.

President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, Charles G. Brown, said “when we started our campaign abroad, the EU was the largest user of amalgam in the world and the pro-mercury European dental associations were dug in.  We had our work cut out for us.  So we assembled a team from most of the 27 Member States, who kept knocking on government doors…we went to Brussels and Strasbourg repeatedly…we submitted reams of comments to scientific committees, the European Commission, and other decision-makers…we outshone the opposition at the pivotal sequence of hearings held by the European Commission. Our persistent campaign won the 2017 EU regulation that banned the use of amalgam in children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers…and then we kept pushing for the victory we won today!

“We had the resources to fight this sustained battle thanks to you. To you, our donors and supporters, I express my sincerest gratitude on behalf of our entire team.

“With momentum on our side, we turn to the United States.  Amalgam use is still rampant in the U.S., especially in government programs that implant this mercury product into soldiers and sailors, American Indians and Native Alaskans, and low-income children and institutionalized individuals.  But the U.S. government does pay attention when the EU acts.  So now’s the time to bring this European victory home to the USA!”, he said.

 

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