It will enter into force early June 2017 and will, in general, become applicable from 1 January 2018. Accordingly, this page will be updated as sson as the new Mercury Regulation will have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
There are strict limitations on the use of mercury in products in the EU, covering mainly:
Dental amalgam is the second biggest intentional use of mercury in the EU. The Commission has investigated its use and potential health impacts as well as possible alternative tooth fillings.
In its "Review of the Community Strategy Concerning Mercury" in 2010, the Commission identified the need to further investigate the issue. Accordingly, the SCENIHR and SCHER have updated their opinions on the basis of the new information made available. The opinions formulated clearly indicate that significant negative impacts of dental amalgam on health are not proven, but there may be situations where the release of dental amalgam to water induces increased pollution endangering the quality of water.
Accordingly, in its Proposal for a Regulation on Mercury, the European Commission addresses the issue of dental amalgam, by restricting its use to its encapsulated form and by requiring the use of separators by dentists.
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