Download Report: Toward the Tipping Point: WHO-HCWH Global Initiative to Substitute Mercury-Based Medical Devices in Health Care. A Two-Year Progress Report (pdf)
Download Report: End of an Era: The Phase-Out of Mercury Blood Pressure Devices (pdf)
- The World Health Organization issued a policy paper (pdf) in 2005 calling for short, medium and long term measures to substitute mercury-based medical devices with safer alternatives.
- The World Medical Association passed a resolution (pdf) in 2008 calling for the substitution of mercury-based medical devices with safer alternatives.
- The Philippine Department of Health (DoH) issued Administrative Order 2008-0021 (pdf) in 2008 calling for the phase-out of mercury based medical devices across the country by 2010.
- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) revised its accreditation policy and ordered non-accreditation of non mercury-free hospitals.
- The Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular 2010-140 (pdf) enjoining all provincial governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, DILG regional directors and others concerned to ensure compliance to the Department of Health AO 21 mandating gradual phase-out of mercury-containing devices in all Philippine health care facilities and institutions.
- Taiwan has banned mercury thermometers (pdf).
Large City Policies
- The city government of Delhi, India, is developing a plan to phase out mercury-based medical devices (pdf) in hospitals under its jurisdiction.
Hospitals and Health Care Systems
Growing numbers of hospitals in developing countries are moving toward mercury free health care:
- In the Philippines more than 600 hospitals are moving toward mercury free health care.
- Fifteen hospitals, 3 medical universities, 2 non-government organizations, a national medical association, and a local and environment and natural resources office have signed HCWH-SEA Mercury Watch Campaign for 2010 mercury-free Philippines health care. The support statement is also demanding the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to provide a storage for the mercury-containing devices that will be taken out of the hospitals.
- Two hospitals in China are taking the first steps toward mercury substitution in their country.
- In India more than a dozen hospitals have piloted mercury free health care.
For More Information see the Global Movement for Mercury-Free Health Care.
- Dentist the Menace? The Uncontrolled Release of Dental Mercury — HCWH report (pdf)
- EU Ban on Sale of Mercury-Measuring Instruments (pdf)
- EU Mercury Phase Out in Measuring and Control Equipment (pdf) Report from an EU conference held in Brussels in June 2009 focused on sphygmomanometers in healthcare. Report shows that many European countries have already moved away from mercury-based devices.
- EWG's Fish List page on website of Environmental Working Group lists mercury levels in fish and other seafood
- Global Mercury Phase-outs:
information on the HCWH website
- Global Movement for Mercury-Free Health Care Report (pdf)
- Making Medicine Mercury Free (pdf)
- Manilla Declaration on Mercury-Free Health Care (pdf)
- Mercury-Free Health Care website, a WHO-HCWH Global Initiative
- Mercury Phase-out Letter, 13 Nov 2009 (pdf)
Letter to Günter Verheugen, E.U. Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry from HCWH and EEB calling for rapid phase-out of mercury-containing blood pressure devices in healthcare.
- Mercury Policy Project website
- A New Era: Elimination of Mercury Sphygmomanometers (pdf)
- Mercury Thermometers and Your Family's Health (pdf)
- Philippines: Dept. of Health Administrative Order (pdf)
- Philippines: Dept. of Interior and Local Government Memorandum (pdf)
- Toward the Tipping Point (pdf)
WHO-HCWH Global Initiative to Substitute Mercury-Based Medical Devices in Health Care. A Two-Year Progress Report
- UNEP Mercury Programme website
- WHO Policy on Mercury in Health Care (pdf)
- World Medical Association: Reducing the Global Burden of Mercury (pdf)