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BDA welcomes UN treaty on mercury use

Posted by Allie Wright

The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed a treaty from the United Nations (UN) regarding the use of mercury.

A deal was agreed on January 20th in Geneva at a meeting of the UN’s Environmental Programme’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee that requires nations to phase down the use of dental amalgam fillings over an appropriate time period.

Drs Stuart Johnston and Susie Sanderson, members of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee, were among those who lobbied for this change to be made.

Dr Johnston, who led the FDI World Dental Federation Dental Amalgam Task Team at the negotiations, said: “It was important that this treaty took account not just of the environmental agenda, but also of the need for dentists to care for their patients.”

The BDA recently released a report stating many dentists operating in the UK are concerned that their ability to provide acceptable standards of care to patients is being compromised due to cuts.

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