|European Commission: DG Environment
|COM (2023) 395
|Blog & Commentary, Policy-making
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 July 2023, introducing amendments to Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on mercury as regards dental amalgam and other mercury-added products subject to manufacturing, import and export restrictions. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Mercury is a highly toxic element and a major risk to the environment and human health. According to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, mercury has been classified as being toxic for reproduction, fatal if inhaled, causing damage to all organs through prolonged or repeated exposure and very toxic for aquatic life with long lasting adverse effects.
Regulation (EU) 2017/852 - also known as the Mercury Regulation - is the main instrument of EU law dedicated to mercury and mercury compounds, addressing the entire life-cycle of this substance from primary mercury mining to the final disposal of mercury waste and transposing the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Notably, the framework addresses mercury use in products by establishing prohibitions on the manufacture, import and export of a range of mercury-added products. The proposed amendments seek to address the last intentional remaining uses of mercury in products in the European Union (EU).
The proposed Regulation broadly aims to address the objectives of the European Green Deal, the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the Zero Pollution Action Plan. The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 14 July 2023. The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed a negotiating position for the proposal on 17 January 2024. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach to it on 30 January. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file on 8 February.
|Business and Industry, Environment
|Chemicals, Mining | Extraction, Waste
|Minamata Convention on Mercury
|European Union [EU]