Berlin Declaration challenges EU to end amalgam use by 2022

A call to phase out mercury use in dentistry by 2022 in the European Union has been made by health and environmental NGOs.

Mercury is currently used in dental amalgam in fillings and is easily replaceable. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin which can damage the nervous, renal and cardiovascular systems.

Given that dental amalgam is 50 per cent mercury, the Minamata Convention on Mercury requires each participating nation to reduce its use.

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European NGOs call on dentists to ban mercury fillings for children immediately

European NGOs are calling on dentists to implement immediately the upcoming ban on mercury dental fillings for children and pregnant women.

Yesterday, the EU Council adopted the revised mercury regulation, including a partial ban on mercury in dentistry on the back of huge support from the European Parliament who voted in favour of the proposals 663 to 8. The proposals, supported by the Parliament, included a partial ban on amalgam in dentistry as it is 50 per cent mercury.  Continue reading

German NGO pushes for mercury-free dentistry

Florian SchulzeHeaded by health advocate Florian Schulze, Gesellschaft für Schwermetall-Toxikologie (GST) is pushing for the phase out of dental amalgam in the European Union – and urging Germany to take the lead.  Schulze was recently featured in an interview in the FreiePresse.

The German government already recommends against amalgam use in children and pregnant women.  Now it is time for Germany to support ending amalgam use in all children and pregnant women in the European Union en route to a complete amalgam phase out no later than 31 December 2022.