FDI publishes the brochure Dental Restorative Materials and the Minamata Convention on Mercury

23 September 2014

FDI has published a new brochure Dental Restorative Materials and the Minamata Convention on Mercury targeting national dental associations and individual dentists seeking more information.

The brochure is subtitled Guidelines for Implementation: however, it is not normative or prescriptive. Rather, it takes into account the broad range of opinion within the dental community worldwide—national dental associations and individual dentists. It contains basic information on the Convention’s provisions on dental amalgam (Annex A, Part II ) and suggestions on how to comply, and, where applicable, carry out advocacy with public health authorities and through the media.

The new brochure, was presented to the FDI General Assembly on 9 September by Dr Daniel Meyer from the American Dental Association, observer to Dental Amalgam Task Team and Consultant to the Science Committee. Having attended all five meetings of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee 2009-2013, Dr Meyer is an expert on the various drafts and stages leading to the final document.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was officially signed in Minamata, Japan, in October 2013. It will enter into force 90 days after the 50th ratification. To date, over 100 countries have signed the Convention and one, the United States, has ratified. [more]

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