Regulation (EU) 2017/852 covers the full life cycle of mercury. It complements a large body of existing EU environmental law on mercury, by inter alia:
Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 2017/852 sets the following restrictions:
The Commission shall report by 30 June 2020 on the feasibility of a phase out of the use of dental amalgam in the long term, and preferably by 2030, and present concomitantly, if deemed appropriate, a legislative proposal.
Assessment of the feasibility of phasing out dental amalgam
The European Commission has launched a study on the "Assessment of the feasibility of phasing out dental amalgam". The objective of the study is to assist the Commission in assessing the feasibility of a phase-out of dental amalgam preferably by 2030, as required by Article 19(1)(b). The study included an expert workshop that took place in autumn 2019.
Final study on the “Assessment of the feasibility of phasing out dental amalgam”
Collection of information on mercury added products and their alternatives
The European Commission has launched a study on the "Collection of information on mercury-added products and their alternatives". Its objective is to assist the Commission in preparing information for a submission the Minamata Convention Registries under Articles 4(4) and 5(4) of the Convention.
The study prepared information sheets regarding (1) existing mercury uses prohibited or restricted under EU law but not under the Minamata Convention, and (2) emerging uses of mercury and mercury compounds in products and processes.
Compilation of information on sites contaminated by mercury or mercury compounds
In accordance with Article 15 of Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on mercury, the European Commission has developed a compilation of information on sites potentially contaminated and contaminated with mercury or mercury compounds.
This compilation is the outcome of the exchange of information organised by the European Commission with the Member States on measures taken at national level to identify and assess such sites and to address the significant risks such contamination may pose to human health and the environment.
Committee and expert group
The Commission regularly convenes meetings of the Mercury Regulation Committee and of the Mercury Expert Group that gather governmental experts to work on implementation of the Regulation. All documents concerning the meetings of both groups are publicly available.
The Commission has adopted the following Implementing Acts: