The Federal Government is proposing regulations which would prohibit the manufacture, import and sale of products containing mercury, with exceptions for essential products which have no viable alternatives (for example, lamps, certain health, safety and research applications and dental amalgam). Exempted products would be listed in the schedule to the Regulations.

The proposed regulations would allow permits to be granted based on product purpose (critical use vs. novelty), availability of alternatives, risks and benefits for human health and the environment and end of life management practices. Requirements for permitted and exempted products may include labeling, reporting and mercury content limits for products such as fluorescent lamps and neon signs.

The proposed regulations would come into force in 2012.

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