Governments Agree to Mercury-Free Healthcare by 2020
One of the ten Global Green and Health Hospitals goals is to substitute chemicals with safer alternatives. A top action item under this goal is to substitute mercury-based thermometers and blood pressure devices with accurate, affordable alternatives. Thousands of hospitals around the world— many members of GGHH– have already made the switch and more are doing so every day.
Going mercury-free just became both more urgent and easier to do. On January 19 in Geneva, as part of the final text of a global mercury treaty, the world’s governments agreed to end the manufacture, import and export of all mercury-based medical devices— effectively phasing them out by 2020. They also called for a phasing-down of dental amalgam— a major source of mercury in the global environment.