• February 23, 2020
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China | General explanation for the draft of restrictions on the importing of mercury-added products


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Title of document
General explanation for the draft of restrictions on the importing of mercury-added products (4 page(s), in English; 2 page(s), in Chinese)

Description
The Environmental Protection Adminstration previously announced the enactment of the "Restrictions on the Imports and Sales of Mercury Thermometers" on March 26, 2008. In addition, on July 5, 2019, it announced the amendments to the "Listed Toxic Chemical Substances and the Handling Control Measures" to ban the use of mercury in the manufacture of switches, relays, high-pressure mercury lamps for general lighting, and non-electronic measuring instruments from January 1, 2021. It is the timetable for the announced ban on the manufacture of the aforementioned mercury-added products. As for imports, further control is required. In view of the harm of mercury to the environment and human health, with the development of electronic equipment and consumer electronics, the demand for the use of mercury-added products has been decreasing. Therefore, to be in line with the "Minamata Convention on Mercury", it is announced that from January 1, 2021, the imports of mercury-added switches, relays, high-pressure mercury lamps for general lighting, and non-electronic measuring instruments (barometers, hygrometers, manometers, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, etc.) are prohibited to strengthen domestic mercury control and achieve the goal of maintaining enviromental safety.

Notifying member: Chinese Taipei

NotificationG/TBT/N/TPKM/405

Objective tag
Protection of human health or safety; Protection of the environment

Objective
Minamata Convention on Mercury

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Agency responsible
Environmental Protection Administration No. 83, Sec. 1, Zhoughua Rd. Taipei City 100, Taiwan Tel.: (886-2) 2311-7722 Fax: (886-2) 2331-7741 E-mail: [email protected]


Timing:

  • Submission: 19/02/2020
  • Reception: 19/02/2020
  • Distribution: 19/02/2020
  • Final date for comments: 19/04/2020
  • Proposed date of adoption: N/A

                   

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