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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Mercury

Mercury

Updated on 04/08/2016

Keywords : Hazardous chemical substance substitution, Mercury, REACh (regulation), Chemical risks

Mercury is a chemical element with interesting physico-chemical properties that have led to its use in various products. It is also a highly toxic substance that is unique in that it can be found in different forms, depending on the environment. In view of the risks it poses to human health and the environment, in 2003 the European Commission developed a strategy on mercury. In this context, the French Ministries of Health and the Environment formally requested the Agency to prepare a brief to enable the European Commission, if necessary, to review the classification of mercury within the framework of Directive 67/548/EEC on the classification, packaging and labelling of hazardous substances.

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