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.

Read more about mercury and the rules.

Consolidated text

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

Amendments and corrections

There are no amendments or corrections that are not included in the consolidated text of the Regulation.

All amendments and corrections to Regulation (EU) No 2017/852 are accessible in EUR-Lex

Basic regulation

Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of 17 May 2017

Other EU regulations om mercury

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 REACH Regulation

The ROHS Directive

The PIC Regulation

The Toys Directive

The Batteries Directive

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

There are also rules on mercury and articles containing mercury only applicable in Sweden.

Supplementary Swedish legislation

Regulation (1998:944) on the ban in certain cases concerning the handling, import and export of chemical products (in Swedish)

The Swedish Chemicals Agency’s Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms Regulations (KIFS 2017:7) (in Swedish)