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Phase-down of Dental Amalgam Use

Implementation Advice for Article 10(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on Mercury


The consultation on this implementation advice is now closed.

Draft implementation advice for Phase-down of Dental Amalgam Use, which aims to be applicable across the UK, was available for a short consultation period. Thank you to all of those who provided feedback. The feedback is now being collated and will be reviewed to inform amendments to the implementation advice prior to publication.

The advice is being developed to facilitate the implementation of Article 10(2) of Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on Mercury, which states:

From 1 July 2018, dental amalgam shall not be used for dental treatment of deciduous teeth, of children under 15 years and of pregnant or breastfeeding women, except when deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner based on the specific medical needs of the patient.

This regulatory provision is directly applicable in UK law and aims to contribute to reducing the use of mercury containing products to address global environmental concerns. The advice aims to support dental practitioners in interpreting the regulation on dental amalgam use and to provide information on alternative approaches.


SDCEP Working Group

A working group comprising individuals from relevant branches of the dental profession has been convened to develop this implementation advice.

Name Position
Paul Speight (Chair) Emeritus Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, University of Sheffield
Sondos Albadri Reader and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry; Deputy Head of School, School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool; British Society of Paediatric Dentistry representative
Avijit Banerjee Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry; Honorary Consultant and Clinical Lead for Restorative Dentistry, King’s College London Dental Institute at Guy’s Hospital, London
Steve Bonsor General Dental Practitioner, Aberdeen; Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow (Applied Dental Materials and Restorative Dentistry), University of Aberdeen
Ivor Chestnutt Professor and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health; Clinical Director, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Director Postgraduate Studies, Cardiff University Dental School
Chris Deery Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry; Dean, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield
Heather MacRitchie Deputy Clinical Dental Director, NHS Tayside
Gillian Nevin General Dental Practitioner, Coupar Angus; Assistant Director of General Dental Practice Postgraduate Education (CPD), NHS Education for Scotland
Jayne Owen Specialist Paediatric Dentist in Community Dental Service; Chairperson Specialist Branch, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry 
Richard Rawcliffe General Dental Practitioner, Kirkcaldy
David Ricketts Professor of Cariology and Conservative Dentistry; Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Dundee
Susie Sanderson British Dental Association President-Elect, representing the BDA