Last year, the European Union adopted a regulation banning amalgam use for children under age 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers beginning 1 July 2018. That day is here!
With the EU’s partial amalgam ban officially in effect, we are seeing some immediate changes in that region, including:
- News articles are raising awareness about the mercury in amalgam – so everyone will know the truth about their so-called “silver fillings.”
- Government guidance is telling UK dentists not to use amalgam in the most vulnerable populations.
- The German government is working to revise its national insurance to account for the increased use of mercury-free fillings.
The impact of this regulation is being felt well beyond the EU – we’re seeing worldwide movement:
- A United Nations Environment-World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry co-sponsored workshop was dedicated to discussing the end of amalgam use in “women, children and, through them, future generations.”
- Our team worldwide is pushing to end amalgam use in all children (as an effective intermediate step toward ending its use in everybody).
- 50+ organizations signed onto the Chicago Declaration to End Dental Industry Mercury Use calling on the United States to, among other action steps, match the European Union by ending amalgam use in children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in 2018, based on the precautionary principle.
But one key entity isn't lifting a finger to protect children – or anyone else – from amalgam: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instead FDA watches from the sidelines as other governments move forward. As a result, there's no bans, no limits on use, no warnings and no patient labeling for Americans.
With your help, we can put an end to FDA’s do-nothing policy! Sign the petition* to ban mercury dental fillings in American children – just like the EU did.
After all, don’t American children deserve the same protection from mercury fillings as European children?