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EU publishes new ban on phenylmercury


REACH Annex XVII sets out the list of restrictions on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous chemical substances, mixtures and articles. The Annex contains the restrictions of the marketing and use of dangerous substances adopted since 1976 in the framework of Directive 76/769/EEC, as well as subsequent restrictions adopted under REACH.

Title VIII and Annex XVII to REACH came into force on 1 June 2009.

In 2008 a review of Annex XVII was launched in consultation with all interested parties with the objective of harmonising the terminology, deleting obsolete provisions, adapting the provisions to the definitions under REACH and including some of the restrictions adopted under Directive 76/769/EEC. The revised Annex XVII was adopted on 22 June 2009.

The new REACH list of restrictions
According to the new list of restrictions, substances, mixtures and articles or any parts containing phenylmercury equal to or greater than 0.01 % by weight, shall not be placed on the market of the EU after 10 October 2017.

REACH further places restriction on use of mercury in fever thermometers, measuring devices containing mercury and other types of thermometers. The following mercury-containing measuring devices intended for industrial and professional uses shall not be placed on the market after 10 April 2014:
  •     barometers;
  •     hygrometers;
  •     manometers;
  •     sphygmomanometers;
  •     strain gauges to be used with plethysmographs;
  •     tensiometers;
  •     thermometers and other non-electrical thermometric applications
  •     mercury pycnometers;

Related information

eur-lex: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 848/2012
of 19 September 2012 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards phenylmercury compounds

EC: REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
ECHA: European Chemicals Agency

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