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Public Health (15-06-2010)

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Pre-consultation Opinion on new evidence of health effects of fluoridated drinking water

Today, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) launched a public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the review of new evidence on the hazard profile, health effects and human exposure to fluoride. The SCHER's draft opinion reviews the latest information available on risks and benefits of using fluoridated drinking water and other intakes of fluoride.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the opinion as part of an online consultation aimed at gathering feedback on the scientific evidence available and on the conclusions drawn by the SCHER.

The consultation will run until 15 September 2010.

Fluoride is not considered to be essential for human growth and development but it is considered to help prevent tooth decay. Public concerns about water fluoridation, which may lead to an excessive intake of fluoride, and possibly result in health problems, prompted the European Commission to seek the advice of its Scientific Committee on Health and Environment Risks.

The preliminary report is available on following website: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/environmental_risks/docs/scher_o_122.pdf

To take part in the public consultation please visit:
http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consultations/public_consultations/scher_cons_05_en.htm