European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) report (2011)

In May 2011 the EU Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) published a report on the health effects of fluoride and fluoridating agents of drinking water. (1)

In summarising its overall conclusions on health effects, SCHER said that:

  • Fluoride, either naturally present or intentionally added to water, food and consumer products – for example, toothpaste – is generally considered beneficial to prevent dental caries.

  • The occurrence of endemic skeletal fluorosis has not been reported in the general EU population.

  • There is not sufficient evidence linking fluoride in drinking water to the development  of osteosarcoma.

  • Fluoride intake from drinking water at the level occurring in the EU does not appear to hamper children’s neurodevelopment and IQ levels.

  • Human studies do not suggest adverse thyroid effects at realistic human exposures to fluoride.

  • There is no new evidence from human studies to indicate that fluoride in drinking water influences male and female reproductive capacity.

1. European Commission Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risk (SCHER): Critical review of any new evidence on the hazard profile, health effects, and human exposure to fluoride and the fluoridating agents of drinking water.  Directorate General for Health and Consumers, Brussels, Belgium. 2011.

FLUORIDE IN WATER
NOT CARCINOGENIC

“SCHER agrees that epidemiological studies do not indicate a clear link between fluoride in drinking water and osteosarcoma and cancer in general.  There is no evidence from animal studies to support the link; thus fluoride cannot be classfied as carcinogenic.”

NO PLAUSIBLE BIOLOGICAL LINK BETWEEN FLUORIDE IN WATER AND IQ

“SCHER agrees that a biological plausibility for the link between fluoridated water and IQ has not been established.”