Anvisa prohibits sale of thermometers and devices with mercury
The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has approved a resolution prohibiting the manufacture, import and marketing of thermometers and pressure devices have mercury. The measure was unanimously approved by the Collegiate Board of the body on Tuesday, March 7.
With the decision, manufacturing companies, private health agencies and the Unified Health System will have to meet the requirements until the day January 1, 2019. This is not the first time the subject is discussed, in 2016 Anvisa had already presented a ban on the use of such equipment. In addition, in São Paulo, a law of 2014 had already suspended the use of mercury devices in the state.
The resolution passed the agreement of the Minamata Convention, signed in 2013 by 140 countries. The objective is to reduce the risks of the use of mercury for health and the environment.
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