Phase Out Amalgam Use in the European Union
WECF together with a network of NGOs sent a letter to the Members of the European Parliament to vote for phasing out Amalgam.
The European Union is the largest user of dental mercury in the world – consuming at least 90 tonnes in 2010. No policy to phase out amalgam exists so far; amalgam remains, as SCHER stated, “a secondary poisoning” for the children of Europe.
We commend the specialized attention the European Commission has given to amalgam over the past five years in several consultations on whether to “phase out” or “phase down” amalgam - the choice was seven-to-one in favour of “phase out”.
It is time for the EU – which has been advocating strong international action to address the problems posed by mercury’s release into the environment – to choose between phase down and phase out.
The European Union is in the middle of the process to ratify the Minamata Convention. In frame of this process WECF together with a network of NGOs sent a letter to the Members of the European Parliament to vote for phasing out Amalgam.
Please find the letter here