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The 50-ratification milestone required for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force was reached on 18 May 2017

On May 18, 2017, the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury reached 50. As this number satisfied the requirement for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force, the Convention enforced on August 18, 2017 (90 days after 50 governments ratified).

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27 September 2017 News New

The 50-ratification milestone required for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force was reached on 18 May 2017

On May 18, 2017, the number of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury reached 50. As this number satisfied the requirement for the Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter into force, the Convention enforced on August 18, 2017 (90 days after 50 governments ratified).

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16 May 2017 News New

President of Indonesia calls for the end of use of mercury in gold mining

The President of Indonesia, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, has instructed cabinet ministers to stop the use of mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) in a Cabinet meeting on March 10, 2017.

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16 May 2017 News New

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Honduras and Ghana

On 22 and 23 March 2017 respectively, the Governments of Honduras and Ghana deposited their instruments of accession, thereby becoming the 39th and 40th future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

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14 March 2017 News

How accurate are your sphygmomanometers?

Accuracy is of prime importance in using a blood pressure monitor regularly. In order to establish the type and accuracy of sphygmomanometers in current use, a cross-sectional observation study was done in 38 Oxfordshire primary care practices.

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14 March 2017 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Liechtenstein.

On 1 February 2017, the Government of Liechtenstein deposited their instrument of accession, and thereby becoming the 37th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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8 Feburary 2017

Second Minamata Disease (Niigata Minamata Disease)

In Japan, in addition to the outbreak in Minamata City, there was another outbreak of a neurological syndrome caused by methylmercury in Niigata in 1965.

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8 Feburary 2017

What is auscultatory measurement in digital blood pressure monitor?

Most health care workers are familiar with digital blood pressure monitors and auscultatory measurement with stethoscopes.

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8 Feburary 2017 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Costa Rica

On 19 january 2017, the Government of Costa Rica deposited their instrument of accession, and thereby becoming the 36th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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20 December 2016

What are 'signatories'? and 'ratifications'?

Recently we received an inquiry from a reader asking about the difference between signing and ratification and why the number of ratification is fewer than signatures.

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20 December 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by 6 more countries.

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by China, Swaziland, Antigua and Barbuda, Sierra Leone, Benin and Gambia.

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20 September 2016

Japanese Ministry of the Environment encourages the early disposal of mercury-containing pesticides

In Japan, the use of the mercury-containing pesticides has been prohibited since 1973. At that time, two types of mercury-containing pesticides were used in Japan, one was for blast disease, and the other was for seed disinfection and soil sterilization.

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20 September 2016

Are you aware of the dangers of dental amalgam?

An amalgam is an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals. One of the most familiar amalgams is dental amalgam, the so-called "silver fillings" in your mouth.

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20 September 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Ecuador

On 29 July 2016, the Government of Ecuador deposited its instrument of ratification to the Minamata Convention, thereby becoming the 29th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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29 July 2016

Rio gets the gold for mercury-free Olympic medals

On June 14th, the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee announced the design of the Olympic medals for the Olympic Games.

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29 July 2016

Tokyo Medical Association to collect mercury sphygmomanometers and thermometers

In September 2016, the Tokyo Medical Association will began collection of mercury sphygmomanometers and thermometers at medical institutions.

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20 June 2016

Results of collection of mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers in major cities in Japan

In February, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment carried out a model project at pharmacies in 15 cities to collect mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers stored at home and the results have been published recently.

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20 June 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Switzerland and Mali

On 25 May 2016, the Government of Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification to the Minamata Convention at a ratification ceremony in New York.

Shortly thereafter, on 27 May and 3 June respectively, the Government of Mali and the Government of Botswana deposited their instruments of ratification to the Minamata Convention, bringing the number of future Parties to the Convention to 28.

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16 May 2016

How mercury is used in our daily lives

Some of the most well-known uses of mercury are in blood pressure monitors and thermometers, but mercury has been used from ancient times in a variety of applications close to our lives.

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16 May 2016

Are you using the correct blood pressure monitors in your medical facility?

Blood pressure monitors designed for home use are used in many medical facilities because they are cheaper than professional models. However, they are not suitable for use in medical environments.

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27 April 2016

Minamata Disease - 60 years later -

The first case of Minamata Disease was officially discovered on May 1st, 1956.

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30 March 2016

Do you need to be careful of mercury in Tuna sushi?

Sushi is very popular around the world as a healthy food, but you may need to be careful with how frequently and how much of it you eat. Among the fish used for sushi, it has been found that the average content of methyl mercury is the highest in tuna.

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30 March 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Zambia and Senegal.

On 11 March 2016, the Government of the Zambia has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

On 15 March 2016, the Government of the Senegal has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

As of March 2016, the treaty was ratified by 25 countries.

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16 March 2016

Can you change the display angle of your sphygmomanometer?

Traditional mercury sphygmomanometers have a fixed display angle at 90°. This angle has to be kept to assure proper mercury movement inside the column.

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16 March 2016

Mercury pollution in artisanal and small scale gold mining

There are still over 10 million people in the world working in artisanal and small scale gold mining in the world and they are exposing themselves to pollutants and toxins such as mercury.

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24 February 2016

Mercury pollution from mercury use in ancient Japan

Many people may have learned about mercury pollution from the Minamata disease for the first time. However the history of mercury pollution goes back much further than you can imagine.

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10 February 2016 News

Major cities in Japan begin to collect mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers

With the approaching entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment has started a model project in 15 major cities to collect the mercury thermometers and sphygmomanometers stored at home.

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10 February 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Peru, Bolibia and Japan

On 21 January 2016, the Government of the Peru has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

On 26 January 2016, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

On 2 February 2016, the Government of the Japan has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

As of February 2016, the treaty was ratified by 23 countries.

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10 February 2016 News

Mercury-free.jp now officially links to the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

Mercury-free.jp now links to the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

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27 January 2016 News

Is Your Mercury Sphygmomanometer Accurate?

Over 100 years have passed since Dr. Nikolai Korotkov, a Russian doctor introduced his theory of blood pressure measurement. Since then, the mercury sphygmomanometer has been used as the gold standard of blood pressure measurement. But we are asking you to consider how reliable your mercury sphygmomanometer really is.

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27 January 2016 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Jordan and Kuwait

On 12 November 2015, the Government of Jordan deposited its instrument of ratification, bringing to 19 the number of future Parties to the Minamata Convention.

On 3 December 2015, the Government of Kuwait deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 20th future Party to the Minamata Convention.

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31 October 2015

The Facts Behind Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Convention is named after the Japanese city, Minamata (located in southernmost tip of Kumamoto prefecture). This naming is of symbolic importance as Minamata city went through a devastating incident of mercury poisoning, Minamata disease.

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31 October 2015 News

Minamata Convention on Mercury Ratified by Chad and Samoa on 24 September 2015

Chad and Samoa have ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury. As of October 2015, the treaty was ratified by 18 countries.

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