SCHER has updated its 2008 preliminary assessment of the environmental and indirect health risks associated with mercury in dental amalgam. Mercury from this source, emitted to soil and air, was considered to represent a “very minor” contribution to total human exposure. Levels of methyl mercury in fish due to dental amalgam use potentially exceed the tolerable levels of 0.3-0.5 mg/kg, when a worst-case methylation rate of 0.1% is assumed.

European Commission. Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER). Preliminary Opinion on the environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam (update). SCHER approved this preliminary opinion for public consultation at the 2nd plenary of 28 June 2013.


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