When we started, the European Union was the largest user of amalgam in the world – but that is about to change.
By an overwhelming 663 to 8, the European Parliament voted last week for a comprehensive package to reduce mercury use, as required by the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
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 will be required to develop a national plan by 1 July 2019, laying out how it will reduce its amalgam use.
- The European Commission must decide by mid-2020 whether to move forward with plans to phase out dental amalgam completely in the European Union.
As the European Parliament explains in its press release, this regulation “aims to phase out the use of mercury in dental amalgam by 2030.”