fifth session of the Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee (INC5) was held in
Geneva from 13 to 19 January 2013. Text
of Minamata Convention on Mercury was
agreed by nations on this meeting.
Convention text is now available on
The manufacture, import
and export of some mercury-content
products (batteries except button cells
with mercury content < 2%, compact
fluorescent lamps with mercury content
exceeding 5 mg per lamp, barometers,
thermometers, sphygmomanometers for
blood pressure measure etc. - banned for
launch to EU market) shall not be
allowed also in global scale after 2020.
In dental practice each party shall take
measures for reduction of dental amalgam
use, for example setting national
objectives or promoting the use of best
For industry each party
shall require the use of best available
techniques in new sources and shall take
measures to control emissions e.g.
prepare national plan from existing
sources. Additionally global phase-out
of mercury cells in chlor-alkali
production after 2025 was established.
Minamata Convention will
be open for signature on planned
diplomatic conference in Kumamoto and
Minamata, Japan, from 9 to 11 October