EU citizens, Dental Professionals, Manufacturers, Distributors, National Authorities/Health Care Organisation, Social Security Organizations and Private Health Insurance Companies almost unanimously (by 91 %) agree that Dental Amalgam should be banned. 95% of the general public would already choose a mercury free material and 74% say they would even pay more for non-mercury materials to be used.
This is the outstanding result of an EU survey to assess three problem areas of mercury pollution including the continued use of dental amalgam, emissions of mercury from crematoria and the manufacture and trade of mercury-added products.
The consultation was open from 8 February 2022 to 3 May 2022 to all interested stakeholders within the EU and internationally, however it was particularly focused on feedback from public authorities, companies and business associations, citizens, and civil society (academia/research institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), environmental organisations, consumer organisations, and trade unions).
Participants could respond to the questionnaire on behalf of an organisation/institution or as individuals and were also invited to upload position papers. A total of 146 valid responses were submitted during the consultation period.
The survey was conducted in the course of an impact assessment for the revision of the EU Mercury Regulation, which should, inter alia, evaluate an EU-wide phase-out of dental amalgam by 2030 or before.
The EU Mercury Regulation became due for revision after the Commission concluded in a report in August 2020 that phasing out dental amalgam was both technically and economically feasible and announced to present a legislative proposal by the end of 2022.
It is expected that the current impact assessment will be completed by September 2022.
Here are our 👉 contribution and submitted position papers :
Official Summary Report 👉 Factual Summary Report on the Public Consultation for the Review of the Mercury Regulation