Council of Europe calls for “restricting or prohibiting the use of amalgams”

Mar, 12/07/2011 - 22:14

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution
on 27 May 2011 urging its 47 member countries to start “restricting or
prohibiting the use of amalgams as dental fillings.”
Deputy Jean Huss, Luxembourg’s representative to the Council of
Europe (not to be confused with the European Union), drafted the
meticulously researched report that explains two major reasons behind
this call to action:
1. Amalgam is a health threat: “...amalgams are the prime
source of exposure to mercury for developed countries, also affecting
embryos, foetuses (through the placenta) and children (through
breastfeeding). Exposure to mercury can seriously affect the health of
patients and dental professionals…”

2. Amalgam is an environmental threat: “...between 60 and 90
tonnes of mercury from dental surgeries are released into and
contaminate Europe’s atmosphere, surface waters and soil every year.”

Known as “Europe’s Third Parliament,” the Council of Europe
encompasses all of Europe, not just the 27 E.U. nations, but Russia,
Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, the Caucuses, all of the Balkans, and all
of Scandinavia
The Council of Europe’s ground-breaking resolution will have a
favorable impact on the ongoing mercury treaty negotiations. With this
resolution, the Council of Europe joins the growing international call
for the amalgam phase-out that is already endorsed by the African
region, the Arab League, and the United States.
The next session for the mercury treaty negotiations will be in
Nairobi on October 30.