Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweden Bans Mercury- amalgam included

Last month, the government of Sweden issued a blanket ban on the use of mercury. The ban, which will go into effect on June 1, covers all uses of mercury, including in dental amalgam. The action by the Swedish government was taken for environmental reasons and does not address any safety concerns over dental amalgam. As a practical matter, the impact on dental care in Sweden will likely be minimal because amalgam is seldom used there. The new rules in Sweden do leave open possible exceptions to the ban being granted in individual circumstances. The announcement from the Swedish government may be found here: http://www.sweden.gov.se/.

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