Philippines Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), the Minamata Convention on Mercury as well as labelling requirements

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Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

The Philippines apply pest risk analysis (PRA). The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 2 setting the Framework for Pest Risk Analysis agreed upon in the scope of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) provides the framework for PRA, which has been accepted by the signatory countries.

Minamata Convention on Mercury

On 8 July 2020, the Philippines ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention intends to ensure that exports of mercury may only take place with the prior consent of the importing country and for the purpose of environmentally sound interim storage or an allowed use. Such consent must also be sought in the case of export transactions from a member state to any country which is not a party of the Convention. Forms for the provision of written consent by a party or a non-party to the import of mercury are both made available by the Convention in different languages.

Labelling Requirements

The paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been revised regarding the requirements for the labelling of household or urban hazardous substances. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.


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