The EU Mercury Regulation addresses the issue of dental amalgam which is the largest remaining use of mercury in the EU. In particular, it sets both short and longer term measures to reduce use of dental amalgam and associated pollution. This includes:
The prohibition to use amalgam for vulnerable populations (pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 15 years old)
• The obligation to use pre-dosed encapsulated amalgam to reduce emissions and exposure in dental facilities and
• The duty to equip dental clinics with amalgam separators to prevent amalgam waste to be released into sewage systems and water bodies.