The European Commission is to hold a public hearing on the possible benfits and risks of adding fluoride to drinking water.

The hearing, to take place on 17 September in Brussels, follows an internet consultation launched by the commission on 18 June and aims to provide stakeholders and the public with an opportunity to present scientific evidence and arguments on the subject.

According to the Commission, fluoride is not considered to be essential for human growth and development but it is considered to be beneficial in the prevention of tooth decay.

However, public concerns about water fluoridation and its possible association with a number of negative health effects, prompted the commission to seek the advice of its Scientific Committee on Health and Environment Risks (SCHER).

SCHER is inviting registration for the hearing here.

The deadline for submission of comments is 15 September.

The website for the consultation can be found here.