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Water fluoridation: Public consultation launched

In order to inform that legislation, the Department of Health and Social Care has launched a public consultation seeking views on how it proposes to consult on future water fluoridation schemes.

The consultation will run from 8 April to 3 June. We will be responding as an organisation, but responses are also welcomed from individuals.

Subject to its passage through Parliament, the Health and Care Bill will transfer the power to initiate, vary or terminate water fluoridation schemes from local authorities to the Secretary of State. There will also be a legal duty on the Secretary of State to undertake a formal public consultation on future water fluoridation proposals. Secondary legislation that will be brought forward later in the year will set out the consultation process.

Once feedback is considered the Government will publish a response.

You may also wish to be aware that the latest Water Fluoridation Health Monitoring Report was published on 21 March 2022.