Making dental amalgam history at COP1

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is urging the nations of the Minamata Convention on Mercury to make dental amalgam history!

At the first conference of the parties (COP1), the World Alliance launched its new “Make Dental Amalgam History” campaign, a step-by-step plan to phase out the use of dental amalgam.  It complements the theme of the parties to the Convention, which is “Make mercury history.”

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The Minamata Convention goes into force in 90 days!

The European Union and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing the last of the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force.  The Minamata Convention will now come into force in 90 days, on 16 August 2017.

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry salutes the work of the nations, the government officials, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the NGO leaders whose work led to this great achievement: the first major convention on toxins in the 21st century!

Environmental leaders plan future action against amalgam

World Alliance environmental leaders conference

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, in association with the African Center for Environmental Health and the Asian Center for Environmental Health, organized a conference of environmental leaders working to phase out dental amalgam use.  The conference was held in San Francisco, California, United States on 19 November 2016.  Continue reading

UNEP and World Alliance urge phase down of dental amalgam use at INC7

UNEP-World-Alliance-side-event-INC7UNEP and the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry urge governments around the world to phase down dental amalgam use at a side event during INC7 in Dead Sea, Jordan.

UNEP and World Alliance jointly organized the side event, entitled “Implementing Successful Strategies to Phase Down Amalgam Use,” to highlight effective steps governments can take to move toward mercury-free dentistry. Speakers highlighted World Alliances Mercury-Free Dentistry initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Continue reading

Toward mercury-free dentistry

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Dental amalgam is a tooth filling material that is approximately 50% mercury, a highly polluting neurotoxin.  Today, countries around the world are phasing out the use of amalgam … and phasing up the use of mercury-free alternatives.

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is pleased to work with governments and organizations to phase down amalgam use in every region. Learn about progress toward mercury-free dentistry in the posts below.  If you need assistance in your region, please contact us.