On 6 November 2013, the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) of the European Commission will organise a hearing in Luxembourg on the preliminary opinion on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam (update)'.
The public consultation on this preliminary opinion has been published on the internet and is available here.
The deadline for submission of comments is 20 November 2013.
The planned hearing aims to complement the public consultation to gather specific comments, suggestions and explanations or contributions on the scientific basis of the opinion.
According to of the Rules of Procedure of the Scientific Committees (Annex IV, page 44), when registering, potential participants will be asked to provide full professional details, to specify the subject they wish to address in the hearing and to submit a 1-2 page technical justification for their request. Approval for participation to the hearing will be decided by the Commission on the basis of the following criteria:
- interested participants should be scientists or technical experts with appropriate expertise in the field who are able to present and understand the scientific arguments;
- interested participants have clearly identified the subject matter they would wish to contribute to and have provided sufficient technical justification;
All registered participants will be informed at least two weeks before the hearing;
DG Health and Consumers will publish the final programme of the hearing together with the participants' names.
Should you be interested in attending the hearing, please register using the link below by the deadline of 25 October 2013. A response confirming your participation will be sent to you as soon as possible and no later than the registration deadline (25 October 2013)
Please note that as space to this meeting is limited, potential participants are strongly advised not to make any travel or accommodation arrangements until they receive a positive registration reply.
The entrance to the hearing is free of charge, however, the European Commission will not reimburse any costs made for travel or accommodation.