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WHO considers mercury to be one of the top ten chemicals of public health concern as it causes significant damage to the environment and to the human health. It has toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes. Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – can cause serious health problems, and is a threat to the development of the child in utero (in the womb) and early in life.Hence to address these issues and to protect human health and the environment from hazardous and toxic mercury, in January, 2013, 140 countries in Geneva adopted a ground-breaking, world’s first legally binding treaty on mercury, now called “Minamata Convention on Mercury,” limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury. To-date, the convention has already been signed by 94 countries.

Mercury is used in various sectors and healthcare happens to be one of the important one. In dentistry, mercury is used as a part of restorative filling material called Dental Amalgam and account for nearly 50% of the filling. It is a well known source of continuous mercury exposure for the general population. While doing an amalgam filling, not all the mercury goes into the filling, a part of it is released to the environment as well.Once in the environment, it doesn’t remain limited to its source but travels, at times even thousands of kilometres away from the source. So there is a pressing need to curb the menace of mercury at the earliest.

Recognizing the importance of the issue, Toxics Link started a campaign- “Mercury Free Dentistry” in India and has been working with different stakeholders in the field of dentistry which includes the dental council of India, Indian dental association members, Dental colleges, manufacturers and dealers of dental amalgam across the country, Ministry of Health etc. In continuation to our efforts, a meeting is being organised to bring all the stakeholders together and take the campaign forward. The core agenda of the meeting is how to safe guard the vulnerable population from ill effects of mercury and phase down usage of dental amalgam in the country.

Details of the Meeting

Date – 2nd February, 2018 (Friday)

Time – 1 PM to 4 PM

Venue –  R K Khanna stadium conference hall 1, Africa Ave, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, Delhi 110029

Agenda of the Meeting

1:30 pm -2:00pm




Welcome speech  and introduction

Mr. Satish Sinha , Associate Director,  Toxics Link

2:15 to 2:30pm

Children’s health and Mercury

Presentation by Dr.Alok Gupta,

 Pediatrician & Counselor

2:30 to 2:45pm

Occupational hazards of mercury to dentists

Presentation by Dr.Vidyaa Hari Iyer, IDA Madras

2:45 to 3:00pm

Mercury Free dentistry in Armed Forces

Talk by Dr. Vimal Arora, CEO, Clove Dental

3:00pm to 4:00pm



Moderated by Mr. Satish Sinha, Toxics Link



04.00 pm onwards

Tea and snacks




Dr.Kavita Yadav



Ms Lavanya Padhi







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