Dental Services: Mercury

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to extend regulations on mercury dental fillings so that their use is prohibited for all dental patients.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2017, European Union Member States adopted Regulation 2017/852 on Mercury, in order to enable the EU’s ratification of the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The provisions of this Regulation directly applied to the United Kingdom as a Member State from 1 January 2018. Regulation 2017/852 can be found at the following link:

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32017R0852&from=EN

There are no plans to introduce new UK legislation to limit further the use of dental amalgam in certain groups of dental patients.

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