The Office of the CDO England has re issued the letter outlining the restrictions surrounding the use of dental amalgam (Article 10) from 1st January, 2019.

Dear Colleague,
For action: Notice on the restrictions of use and disposal of dental amalgam
You will recall that I wrote to you on 12th April to alert you to the new European Union Regulation 2017/852 regarding the use and disposal of mercury. Specifically Article 10 of the regulation which introduces provisions that will need to be implemented by all dental professionals in the UK: Article 10[1])- With effect from 01 January 2019, dental amalgam must only be used in pre-dosed encapsulated form. Article 10[2]- From 1 July 2018, dental amalgam shall not be used for dental treatment of:
 Pregnant or breastfeeding women
 Children under 15 years
 Deciduous teeth
except when deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner based on the specific medical needs of the patient. Article 10[4]- With effect from 01 January 2019 dental facilities must be equipped with an amalgam separator, and by 01 January 2021, all separators must retain at least 95% of amalgam particles. (This latter requirement applies to any new separators installed from January 2018 onwards).


The above information is taken from the first page of the notice from the Office of the CDO …. our members have received the full letter for their attention.