It is prohibited to manufacture, import or trade products containing mercury. Such as:
- measuring instruments such as thermometers and manometers
- light sources
- electronic products (e.g. switches)
Products for which no comparable alternatives are available are excluded from this ban. The use of mercury and mercury compounds is not banned in laboratories or in manufacturing processes, for example.
Please note: The technical requirements that apply in the Netherlands to products containing mercury differ from those of other EU Member States. If a product containing mercury is already permitted in another EU Member State, the Dutch government may only prohibit its sale in the Netherlands in exceptional cases.