Use, storage and trade of mercury

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) 2017/852 — protecting human health and the environment from exposure to mercury and mercury compounds

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

It seeks to protect human health and the environment by laying down measures and conditions concerning:

KEY POINTS

Trade, manufacture and storage of mercury

The regulation bans:

Dental amalgam

Waste management

Traceability

The regulation introduces a system to ensure traceability throughout the length of the mercury waste management chain. Waste producers and mercury waste facility operators must keep an information register.

Minamata Convention

The regulation enables the EU and EU countries to approve, ratify and implement the 2013 Minamata Convention on mercury signed by the EU and EU countries, and ensures that EU law is in line with the convention.

National law

EU countries may apply stricter requirements than those laid down in this regulation.

Review

The European Commission must report by 30 June 2020 on the outcome of the phasing out of dental amalgam. By 2024, it will prepare a report on the implementation and possible review of this regulation.

Repeal

The regulation repeals Regulation (EC) No 1102/2008 with effect from 1 January 2018.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 13 June 2017 except for point (d) of Part I of Annex III (relating to chlor-alkali production in which mercury is used as an electrode) which has applied since 11 December 2017.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

KEY TERMS

Catalyst: a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.
Electrode: a conductor through which an electric current enters or leaves an object, substance, or region.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 on mercury, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1102/2008 (OJ L 137, 24.5.2017, pp. 1-21)

last update 21.06.2018