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RES: New French policy on Dental mercury

Member organisation Reseau Environnement Sante reports that the French authorities have decided not to oppose the barring of mercury amalgams in the treatment of dental caries, given the environmental questions and the emerging questions related to multiple sources of exposure and low doses. France is third in Europe for its use of dental mercury. The ministers of Health and Environment have finally broken with the position of the French National Agency for the Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS, now renamed ANSM).

RES and particularly its member Non Au Mercure Dentaire (No to Dental Mercury) has been working on this issue for a long time. They note that other harmful materials currently used in dental treatments include bisphenol A; phthalates or chrome-cobalt.

RES emphasizes that it will be important to assist the French dentists, who have been insufficiently trained in the use of alternative materials. They also insist that people suffering from toxicity due to amalgams obtain recognition and adequate support, including social security coverage of detoxification treatment. Further, RES calls for prohibition of any harmful substance for use in medical devices (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reprotoxic, immunotoxic, endocrine disruptor, neurotoxic or persistant, bioaccumulative and toxic); and the establishment of a market authorisation process for medical devices like for medicines.

Originally posted on 9 July 2012

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