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EU | Council signs off on measures to make the EU mercury-free

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The Council adopted a regulation to completely ban the use of dental amalgams and to prohibit manufacturing, import and export of other mercury-added products. The updated rules aim to address the remaining use of mercury in the European Union in line with the EU´s zero pollution ambition.

Current rules already ban the use of dental amalgam for treating teeth in children under 15 years old, and pregnant or breastfeeding women. The new rules will extend the prohibition to include everybody in the EU as of 1 January 2025. Exceptions will apply when the use of dental amalgam is deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner to address specific medical needs of the patient.



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