Amalgam Phase Out continues to gain ground worldwide

Tanzania, the Philippines, Argentina and the Republic of Moldova are showing the way in 2020

  • In the Philippines, a law was passed on 14 May that will ban the use of amalgam in three years.
    As a transitional measure, a ban on use will be introduced for children up to 14 years of age, pregnant women and breastfeeding women (similar to the situation in Europe).
  • In Tanzania, a directive was launched in January, under which, from 2023 onwards, all children and women of childbearing age (which goes beyond the European regulation) will be treated with mercury-free alternatives.
  • Argentina has submitted a paper on amalgam to the secretariat of the Minamata Convention giving an impressive account of the progress it is making towards mercury-free dentistry (phase out 2025).
  • In the Republic of Moldova, a law of 29.11.2018 came into force on 15 February 2020, banning the use and import of dental amalgam in general.
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