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Pressure to further restrict mercury in devices in the EU set to continue

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

The pressure to further restrict the use of mercury in medical devices looks set to continue, despite the European Commission's decision to limit its proposal for a ban to consumer products. The European Commission's proposal to ban mercury in medical thermometers and other healthcare products is restricted mainly to sale to the general public on the grounds that the environmental risks are considered highest in this group, and adequate substitutes are not available for specialist, hospital equipment containing mercury.

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