Even in low doses, mercury can harm our health
You are here: Home page » Policies » Mercury
Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment yet mercury contamination is widespread with many Europeans exposed to levels above what is internationally accepted to be safe.

News on our policy work

Global NGOs welcome WHO support for new Mercury Convention
NGOs welcome the adoption of a new resolution by the WHO’s Executive Board, agreeing to both endorse and lend support for countries to address the health-related aspects of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. Read more…

Zero Mercury Working Group welcomes new Mercury Convention, calls for its speedy ratification

The Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition of over 95 NGOs urges 50 countries to step up and ratify the new Mercury Convention by 2015 - ‘50 by 2015 – Make it Happen!’ Read more…

Fish consumption: which mercury intake is tolerable?

As the EU Food Safety Authority is currently reviewing the acceptable tolerable weekly intake for methyl mercury from fish, HEAL, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Zero Mercury Working Group have drawn attention to two reports on new scientific evidence on health effects. Groups call for a full revision of EFSA’s scientific opinion with a stakeholder consultation. Read more…

Mercury exposure linked to diabetes risk

A new study warns that young adults who have higher levels of mercury in their systems may face a 65 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Read more…

Global Mercury treaty to be signed in October

Ten years of efforts by NGOs, governments and UNEP were concluded on 19 January with the agreement of the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The agreement is scheduled to be signed in Japan in October 2013. Read more...

Take Action

Support a Strong Mercury Treaty
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network working towards the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), recently asked for sign-ons to a civil society organisations joint statement calling for stronger mercury treaty provisions. Join HEAL and other organisations in supporting a strong mercury treaty. Learn more and give your support - Act now!


For information on events click here.

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Mercury

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 65 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
Press: Diana Smith

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

HEAL website privacy policy