Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, welcomed today’s vote to ban mercury in dentistry by the end of 2022.
Speaking from Brussels after the vote in the Environment and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament, Ms. Childers, a committee member, said:
“Today’s vote will bring the EU into line with an international convention on mercury agreed three years ago.
“We must now convince the Member State governments not to block or dilute this amendment to our regulations on an extremely toxic substance, to protect human health and the environment.
“Dental treatments currently account for a quarter of all mercury used across the European Union.
“What we are talking about here is not the safety of amalgams used in dentistry but water pollution by a very poisonous material.
“The majority of teeth restorations is already made from mercury-free composites, so there is no good reason to block this measure.”