(Source: German Federal Dental Association)
Article 10 of the new EU Mercury Regulation specifies in detail that amalgam will be retained as a dental filling material in the EU for reasons of security of supply. The European Commission is also ordered to present a feasibility study by the end of June 2020 on the question of whether the use of dental amalgam can be phased out in the long term, preferably by 2030. Member states will have to draw up national action plans for the phasing out of amalgam by July 2019. However, the Mercury Regulation prohibits the use of amalgam in certain risk groups. For example, as of July 2018, amalgam should no longer be used in the dental treatment of deciduous teeth, children under the age of 15 and pregnant or nursing women, unless "the dentist considers such treatment to be mandatory for the particular patient due to the specific medical needs necessary". Comparable regulations have existed in Germany for years.