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Professional Product Review Vol. 7 | Issue 2 | 2012 : Page 1

Volume 7 • Issue 2 2012 A Publication of the Council on Scientific Affairs In This Issue: Unbiased. Scientifically Sound. Clinically Relevant. User-Friendly. Letter from the Editor -David C. Sarrett, DMD Planning for this issue began shortly after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would propose a rule intended to reduce mercury waste from dental offices. The agency plans to focus its technology assessment on amalgam separators, devices designed to capture amalgam waste from dental office wastewater lines before it discharges into public sewer systems. Several states currently require these devices. In anticipation of the EPA’s proposed rule, the ADA Laboratories purchased and evaluated nine separators available in the U.S. to determine their amalgam removal efficiency. The bottom line—all nine amalgam separators passed the ISO 11143 requirement of 95 percent amalgam removal efficiency. However, you’ll want to take note of the individual devices maximum fillable volume and bypass mechanisms, which are discussed in the evaluation. We’ve also included an article, “Amalgam Separators: Practical Issues for Purchasing, Installing and Maintaining Amalgam Separators,” to help with buying decisions. At the time of this publication, the EPA is expected to publish a final rule in the next two years. The ADA will keep you posted. This is our second issue going fully online as a digital magazine and as a PDF that you can print. An executive summary of the issue appears in the August JADA. I’d like to hear your feedback. I’d also like to know what products or product categories are of most interest to you in your practice. Drop me a line at pprclinical@ada.org. Editor David C. Sarrett, DMD, MS Chair, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs J. Timothy Wright, DDS Senior VP, Science/ Professional Affairs Daniel M. Meyer, DDS Senior Director, Research and Laboratories Gregory G. Zeller, DDS, MS Technical Editor Nina A. Koziol Manufacturers’ Liaison Tim O’Shea Internet ada.org/ppr © American Dental Association, 2012. All rights reserved. Amalgam Separators: Practical Issues for Purchasing, Installing and Maintaining Dental Amalgam Separators 211 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678 page 8 ISSN 1930-8736 Summer 2012 Volume 7 • Issue 2 Letters to the Editor, Reprints and Permissions ppreditor@ada.org, 312.440.2840 An Evaluation Amalgam Separators page 2 1

Letter from the Editor

David C. Sarrett

<br /> Planning for this issue began shortly after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would propose a rule intended to reduce mercury waste from dental offices. The agency plans to focus its technology assessment on amalgam separators, devices designed to capture amalgam waste from dental office wastewater lines before it discharges into public sewer systems. Several states currently require these devices.<br /> <br /> In anticipation of the EPA’s proposed rule, the ADA Laboratories purchased and evaluated nine separators available in the U.S. to determine their amalgam removal efficiency. The bottom line—all nine amalgam separators passed the ISO 11143 requirement of 95 percent amalgam removal efficiency. However, you’ll want to take note of the individual devices maximum fillable volume and bypass mechanisms, which are discussed in the evaluation. We’ve also included an article, “Amalgam Separators: Practical Issues for Purchasing, Installing and Maintaining Amalgam Separators,” to help with buying decisions.<br /> <br /> At the time of this publication, the EPA is expected to publish a final rule in the next two years. The ADA will keep you posted.<br /> <br /> This is our second issue going fully online as a digital magazine and as a PDF that you can print. An executive summary of the issue appears in the August JADA. I’d like to hear your feedback. I’d also like to know what products or product categories are of most interest to you in your practice. Drop me a line at pprclinical@ada.org.

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