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Parliamentary questions
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12 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sunčana Glavak
 Subject: Use of mercury in dentistry: implementation of Regulation (EU) 2017/852

Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council calls for the use of mercury and mercury compounds to be phased out and incentives provided for research into alternative substances.

The use of mercury in dental amalgam is the largest use of mercury in the European Union. Despite not being considered a risk to the general population, its use is not recommended in children under 15 years of age or in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

What does the Commission think of the idea of removing, as a preventive measure, the existing dental amalgam from pregnant women treated with it immediately prior to pregnancy?

Can the Commission give a progress report on research into new alternatives to amalgam fillings, outline what has been done to speed up the process and state whether Member States have complied with the Regulation, given that they were required to submit dental amalgam phase-out reports to the Commission by 1 January 2020?

By the end of 2020 mercury will no longer be used in various fields, except dentistry, the deadline for which is 2030; apart from dental amalgam, no other mercury-containing products are found in the human body.

Is the Commission considering banning the use of dental amalgam by the end of 2020, like the bans in other fields where mercury is used, or is it perhaps looking at providing financial support to national health systems to replace existing dental amalgam?

Original language of question: HR
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