Consumers for Dental Choice applauds the entry into force today of the amendment to the Minamata Convention to protect children from amalgam
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Consumers for Dental Choice welcomes the Children’s Amendment to the Minamata Convention on Mercury’s Amalgam Reduction Requirement, which comes into effect today, June 24, 2022.
At 4e Conference of the Parties in Indonesia Last March, countries passed the Children’s Amendment, which requires Parties to “exclude or disallow, by taking appropriate measures, or advise against the use of dental amalgams for the dental treatment of the teeth of milk, patients under the age of 15 and pregnant and breastfeeding women…”
Executive Director Charlie Brown states, “The Children’s Amendment sets a new floor, a new minimum – all 137 Parties to the Minamata Convention (except the handful of opt-in countries) must now take action to end the use of amalgam for children under 15 and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Brown adds, “The Global Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, now a powerful coalition of 65 nonprofit groups, will work with governments, universities, healthcare professionals and consumers to implement a ban on amalgam fillings. for the children of the world.
The US Food and Drug Administration has previously issued a safety communication warning against the use of amalgam fillings for high-risk populations, including children and most women of childbearing age. “Now, we urge government programs providing dental care to heed the FDA’s safety communication – and stop placing amalgam fillings in children and young women now!” said Brown.
For more information contact Charlie Brown, [email protected]; phone 202.544.6333
SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice