Consumers for Dental Choice has filed a new petition calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conform with the Minamata Convention on Mercury. They were joined by other petitioners including the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry (WAMFD), Asian Center for Environmental Health, African Center for Environmental Health, and Mercury Policy Project to amend mercury amalgam rule a to revoke FDA’s official support for “change towards use of dental amalgam”- which is contrary to the Minamata Convention on Mercury’s requirement to “phase down amalgam use.” They were urged to,
- Revoke the sections of the mercury amalgam rule promoting amalgam use, namely change towards use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health
- Revoke the sections of the mercury amalgam rule opposing the phase down of amalgam use, namely “any change away from use of dental amalgam is likely to result in negative public health outcomes.”
- Replace these sections with “To reduce the use of mercury-added products in line with the intentions of the Minamata Convention mercury amalgam dental fillings. Mercury free dental fillings materials should be the first choice.
- Promote the FDA’s support for mercury free dental materials with a media and education campaign.