EU rules on mercury
The EU Regulation on mercury is one of the global efforts to reduce the risk of humans and environment being exposed to mercury. The Regulation restricts the import of mercury and certain mixtures of mercury to the EU. Export of mercury to countries outside the EU is also banned. The Regulation also includes rules on certain types of products that contain mercury, use of amalgam, use of mercury in industrial activities and how mercury waste shall be stored and disposed of.
Amendments and corrections
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/2526 of 23 September 2022 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the temporary storage of mercury waste in liquid form External link.
All amendments and corrections to Regulation (EU) No 2017/852 are accessible in EUR-Lex External link.
Mercury is also restricted in certain types of articles and chemical products through several other EU regulations. Examples of such regulations is mercury in wood preservatives, measuring devices and electronics.
The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
There are also rules on mercury and articles containing mercury only applicable in Sweden.