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Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks
Public consultation on the SCENIHR preliminary report on
The safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials for patients and users


The European Commission has requested the SCENIHR to prepare an opinion on the safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials. The preliminary version of the opinion can be found herepdf.

The SCENIHR has approved a preliminary report on the safety of dental amalgam and alternative dental restoration materials to provide the Commission with a sound scientific basis for developing and implementing policies on dental restoration materials. The report addresses health effects and the safety of these materials for both patients and dental health professionals. It also addresses the question whether certain populations, such as pregnant women or children are particularly at risk.

Interested parties are invited to send their comments on the preliminary opinion via the following website

A document with guidelines for submission of contributions, containing criteria for the public consultation and guidance for submission can be found herepdf.

Deadline for the submission of comments: 22 February 2008.

Please note that comments received after the deadline CANNOT be taken into account.

Please note that comments which do not relate to the scope of this public consultation or do not comply with the criteria for these public consultations will not be considered.

More information on SCENIHR and the other Scientific Committees of the European Commission can be found here


This consultation is in line with the procedures for stakeholder dialogue published on 15 September 2007 by the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General