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Reducing Mercury Use in Dentistry

June 27, 2016

After 200 years of mercury use in the dentistry, the time has come to think about use of mercury in dental amalgam. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – the latest global environmental treaty - asks countries to stop harmful effects of mercury by reducing its use.

 

Amalgam - a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture - became the dental restorative material of choice because it was cheap, easy to use, and durable.

 

On 30 May- 1 June 2016 the workshop, ‘Successful Strategies to PhaseDown Amalgam Use towards Mercury Free Dentistry’, held at UN Conference Centre in Bangkok to reduce and eliminate mercury use in the dentistry.

 

The workshop is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Alliance for Mercury-free Dentistry (WAMFD) in collaboration with Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Asian Center for Environmental Health.

 

Welcoming 46 participants from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Director General of Pollution Control Department (PCD), the Royal Thai Government, spoke of the effort that have been made by the global community and governments to protect people from harmful effects of mercury. During his speech, he announced that Thailand is on process to get the accession of the global treaty on mercury. Mr. Henk Verbeek representing UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) said, “Phasing outuse of mercury is possible only if we demonstrate leadership and work in partnership”. “The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is honored to work with these nations to determine the most effective and equitable route to mercury-free dentistry for Asia and the Pacific”, said Mr. CharlieBrown, President of the global network of NGOs advocating phasing out of mercury.

 

The Royal Thai Government, spoke of the effort that have been made by the global community and governments to protect people from harmful effects of mercury. During his speech, he announced that Thailand is on process to get the accession of the global treaty on mercury.

Mr. Henk Verbeek representing UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) said, “Phasing out use of mercury is possible only if we demonstrate leadership and work in partnership”.

 

“The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is honored to work with these nations to determine the most effective and equitable route to mercury-free dentistry for Asia and the Pacific”, said Mr. Charlie Brown, President of the global network of NGOs advocating phasing out of mercury.

 

 

Source : http://web.unep.org/reducing-mercury-use-dentistry-asia-pacific 

 

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