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Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment yet mercury contamination is widespread with many Europeans exposed to levels above what is internationally accepted to be safe.

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Call to European Parliament to phase out dental amalgam
Health and environmental organisations have sent a letter to Environment Attaches and Member State experts on mercury to phase out dental amalgam. The Commission’s proposed regulation updates existing EU law to conform to the Minamata Convention but falls short in several key areas. Read more...

Webinar on mercury and health in the Balkans
As part of HEAL’s work on mercury and health, a webinar took place in November on the emerging public health threat from increasing mercury exposure in the Western Balkans. Read more...

EU and Member States should rapidly ratify the Minamata Convention on mercury An open letter co-signed by HEAL and many other public interest groups urges Commissioners to speed up ratifying the mercury convention, and not let the Better regulation agenda get in the way of the EU’s international commitments. Read more...

The threat of increased mercury exposure in the Western Balkans
A new HEAL briefing looks at the emerging public health threat from increasing mercury exposure in the Western Balkans. The briefing, available in English and Serbian, was launched last month in Belgrade, Serbia as part of an exchange on tackling mercury exposure in these countries. Read more…

Phase out Amalgam use in the EU
The EU is the largest user of dental mercury in the world but no policy to phase out amalgam exists so far. Environment and health NGOs commend specialised attention from the EU Commission to amalgam over the past 5 years but believes it is now time for the EU phase out its use in the EU. Read more…

Dental mercury letter to US Secretary of State
HEAL joined with 60 organisations asksing the US Secretary of State to convince the FDA to conform with the Minamata Convention to reduce dental amalgam use in September. Read more...

Cutting mercury emissions, improving people’s health
A joint position paper by HEAL, EEB, WWF, Greenpeace, Client Earth, AirClim and Change Partnership focuses on the need to cut mercury emissions to improve health and the environment. The current overhaul of EU air policy and the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC) is therefore a timely opportunity. Read more…

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Support a Strong Mercury Treaty
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network working towards the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), recently asked for sign-ons to a civil society organisations joint statement calling for stronger mercury treaty provisions. Join HEAL and other organisations in supporting a strong mercury treaty. Learn more and give your support - Act now!


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