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EU Regulation Aligns Mercury-Added Product Restrictions with Minamata Convention: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2049

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The Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2049, dated July 14, 2023, amends Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning mercury-added products subject to manufacturing, import, and export prohibitions. The amendment aligns the European regulation with the Minamata Convention on Mercury and includes several new mercury-added products under the prohibition, effective from December 31, 2025. These newly prohibited products include:

(*) Compact fluorescent lamps with an integrated ballast (CFL.i) for general lighting purposes that are ≤ 30 watts with a mercury content not exceeding 2.5 mg per lamp burner.

(*) Cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) and external electrode fluorescent lamps (EEFL) of all lengths for electronic displays, not included in entry 6.

(*) Mercury-added electrical and electronic measuring devices, excluding those installed in large-scale equipment or used for high-precision measurement where no suitable mercury-free alternative is available. This category includes melt pressure transducers, melt pressure transmitters, and melt pressure sensors.

(*) Other mercury-added products: mercury vacuum pumps, tyre balancers, wheel weights, photographic film and paper, and propellant for satellites and spacecraft.

 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2049 of 14 July 2023 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards mercury-added products subject to manufacturing, import and export prohibitions (Text with EEA relevance)

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 (Text with EEA relevance. )


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