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Part 1: Introduction

The deadline for the tender is: 12/02/2018

Part 2: About the EEB and the Zero Mercury Working Group

  • Created in 1974, the EEB is now the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of over 140 member organisations in more than 30 countries (virtually all EU Member States plus some accession and neighbouring countries), including a growing number of European networks, and representing some 15 million individual members and supporters.
  • We work on a vast array of environmental issues and our policy officers work with experts, our members, politicians and the media to protect and further develop environmental policies.
  • The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is an international coalition of over 95 public interest environmental and health non-governmental organizations from more than 50 countries from around the world formed in 2005 by the European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project.  ZMWG strives for zero supply, demand, and emissions of mercury from all anthropogenic sources, with the goal of reducing mercury in the global environment to a minimum.  Our mission is to advocate and support the adoption and implementation of a legally binding instrument which contains mandatory obligations to eliminate where feasible, and otherwise minimize, the global supply and trade of mercury, the global demand for mercury, anthropogenic releases of mercury to the environment, and human and wildlife exposure to mercury.

Our website for more information: www.eeb.org / http://www.zeromercury.org

Part 3: Tender


The Zero Mercury campaign at the EEB would like to build a new website for Zero Mercury Campaign/Zero Mercury Working Group based on the existing website available at www.zeromercury.org – while maintaining the URL.

Active since 2005 the Zero Mercury Campaign, having grown into the Zero Mercury Working Group has a long history of action. We would like to see a visual update of the website, to a more modern and user-friendly visual look. The division of sections, and their related subsections should be divided between introductory and advanced mercury issues.

-          We would like to convey through our website an approachable and educational tool for mercury related issues.

-          On the other hand, on separate tabs we would like to make available the recent activity related:

  1.  to project implementation through our members in different countries, and
  2. the developments related to policy at international and EU levels.

The distinction between the “introduction to mercury” section and the “Policy” and “Projects” sections should be clear. We would like a visualization of introducing the general public to mercury through its various topics (processes, products etc), and then at the end of the page have a link where an individual can arrive at how the Zero Mercury Working Group is working on that specific issue at project and policy level as relevant. Simultaneously however, we would like to have a tab where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues and/or our work, can get directly to the advanced information without going through the introductory informational section or tabs.

We are looking for a proposal that explains in detail how the concept note below can be implemented.

Tender: revamp a website

  • The Zero mercury Working Group is looking to revamp its website. It currently does not do justice to the work carried out by the 95+ members organisations. This means a much more advanced structure with more visuals, conveying the image of a serious, trustworthy NGO coalition.
  • The new website should be Wordpress-based, allow for easy management internally and coded in an open and accessible way to permit other third party developers to easily adjust.
  • We would like the website to be a one-stop-shop for individuals that are new to mercury issues and simultaneously provide a platform where stakeholders familiar with mercury issues can find updates on international policy developments and relevant project information. 
  • The audience of the Zero Mercury Working Group website includes our members, representatives of EU institutions and member state governments, journalists, academics, other NGOs, progressive business and members of the public.

Please include the following and their related costs (separately) in your quote:

  • Design and development of new easy to navigate website
  • Transfer of data from the current our current CMS system, Joomla.  
  • Annual costs for domain name and hosting (including backup). We may decide to handle this ourselves depending on the quotes provided.
  • Annual costs for technical support.
  • Basic Google Analytics tracking on all pages.
  • SEO on all pages
  • Responsive design, with slick page scaling for tablets and smartphones.

Indicative timeline

  • 25/01 Publication for tender
  • 12/02 Deadline for submissions
  • 23/02 EEB/ZMWG evaluates proposals and contacts suppliers / Communicate to winning service provider
  • End Feb-Beginning of March: Signature of contract with EEB/ZMWG
  • Building of the website: March – April
  • Launch: end April- beg May

Criteria to be considered during evaluation

  • combination of price and quality,
  • production / delivery time and service.
  • having/using environmental and sustainability policy/criteria
  • the EEB holds the right to exclude a supplier who may have a negative financial record, that violates criteria such as bankruptcy, not paying taxes etc.

Part  4: Functionality

  • Slider for home page
  • Horizontal menu with drop down elements (within homepage – e.g. About us, About Mercury, Policy Developments, Projects, Resources, News  )
  • About us section
  • Map that interacts with posts to deliver news on members’ projects/activities
  • News section (Press releases)
  • Newsletter sign up widget
  • Position paper section (listed chronologically)
  • Publication section  displaying in an attractive way – showing the front cover of the publication – up to 10 publications per year
  • Photos, infographics, and videos should be downloadable.
  • Events section
  • Contact form
  • Possibility of archiving the content of the existing website

Home page

The home page is meant to be a public oriented landing page for individuals wishing to learn about mercury. The first image should be a large slider which in principle will not change over time. The slider will include 4-5 pictures referring to introductory information about the challenges surrounding mercury pollution, but also to some of the priority areas we work on.

Above it, a horizontal menu, with dropdown elements can be displayed, dividing between general mercury information, the policy work that ZMWG does along with current projects and other elements (to be detailed at a later stage e.g about us etc). Below the slider there will be some space to describe ZMWG group as an organization and post our latest news. There should also be space to include a footer providing our location and contact information.

As examples please see http://www.artisanalgold.org/ or www.sradev.org


The website should provide country-specific pages/posts with contact information for our different national partners, in addition to a description and updates of relevant projects that they do appearing within our website (via posts) apart from linking back to national websites. Accessing these country specific pages should be done through a map, e.g.  found on “About us” page. The map needs to highlight somehow differently countries where EEB/ZMWG are funding (or have funded) directly projects, whilst providing a link to that campaign (page/post).

We would also need to post updates about the relevant projects/campaigns, that will simultaneously appear in the “What’s new” section of the home page.

Technical prerequisites:

The CMS should be WordPress to align with our other websites. The current site is working with Joomla.

Visual identity / look and feel:

We do want to update, but not reinvent the visual identity of the Zero Mercury Campaign/ Working Group.

The Zero Mercury logo stays unchanged and is our branding basis. We would like the look and feel of the new website to be more visually oriented, as now it feels a bit text-heavy.

Footer: Logos and disclaimers of EC will need to go somewhere at the bottom 

Home Press Releases A real mouthfull:why mercury amalgams should be banned
A real mouthfull:why mercury amalgams should be banned PDF Print
Sunday, 27 May 2007 01:00

(Brussels, 25 May, 2007) - Leading health and environmental organisations which oppose the use of mercury today released new evidence of the deadly threat to human health and nature that many of us are carrying around in our mouths. Mercury is the main ingredient in dental amalgam, which is still widely used today by many dentists in fillings. The report, “Mercury in Dental Use: Environmental Implications for the European Union”, reveals that mercury amalgam waste from EU countries is a major source of mercury contamination. This affects public health and the environment in Europe and worldwide, since mercury is a global pollutant. For this reason, the NGOs are pressing for mercury dental amalgams to be swiftly phased out.

The report is being released at today’s EU conference on dentistry as a source of mercury contamination. A new fact sheet, “Mercury and Dental Amalgams”, is also being released as part of the “Stay Healthy Stop Mercury” campaign (see links below under ‘Notes for editors’).

“Dental clinics are the biggest source of mercury in wastewater and the second biggest users of mercury in the EU, after the chlor-alkali industry”, said Elena Lymberidi of the Zero Mercury Campaign at the European Environmental Bureau. “The report says dentists are estimated to use some 125 metric tonnes of the metal each year. According to the report, EU citizens are collectively carrying over 1,100 tonnes of mercury around in their mouths which will ultimately be released into the environment.”

The uses of mercury in fillings, and its release, have not yet been adequately controlled at EU level, although there are serious efforts in some EU countries to apply emissions reduction measures. Dental use leads to the widespread dispersal of mercury into the environment in several ways including wastewater from dental clinics and homes, sewage sludge spread on land, solid waste incineration, and cremation. A certain proportion of this mercury becomes ‘bio available’ and further increases the risk to the environment and our health, particularly when we eat fish which have absorbed methylmercury which has been concentrated up through the food chain.

Methylmercury is formed by micro-organisms when mercury circulating in the environment comes into contact with soil and water. Methylmercury is an extremely toxic form of organic mercury that remains in the body for up to a year, and which can damage the development of babies’ brains during pregnancy. “Dental amalgams are contributing to our exposure to methylmercury through the fish in our diet”, said Lisette van Vliet of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). “This source of contamination is crying out for immediate reduction and eventual elimination.”

Some EU countries, including Sweden and Denmark, have phased out or are restricting mercury in dentistry because of environmental and precautionary health concerns. A Norwegian documentary will be shown at today’s conference which appears to indicate that some dental staff have suffered long-term harm from their occupational exposure to metallic mercury. Countries including

Germany, Austria, Finland and France recommend against its use with pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.

In view of both the environmental concerns and the precautionary principle regarding direct health effects from amalgams, the NGOs are urging the European Commission to follow the European Parliament’s request of March 2006 to act immediately to phase out the use of mercury in the dental sector as quickly as possible.

For further information please contact:-

Elena Lymberidi, Project Coordinator, Zero Mercury Campaign:, www.zeromercury.org, www.eeb.org; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 289 1301; Mobile: +32 (0)496 532 818

Lisette van Vliet, Toxic Policy Advisor, Health and Environment Alliance: www.env-health.org; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text48568 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 234 3645

Peter Clarke, Press & Publications Officer, EEB: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel: +32 (0)2 289 1309 Notes for editors:-

Mercury in Dental Amalgams

The EU Strategy adopted in January 2005 identified dental amalgam as an area of concern and requested an opinion from the EU Scientific Committee on Health & Environmental Risks to consider whether additional regulatory measures are appropriate. The European Commission consequently prepared questions on dental amalgams (DG ENV prepared questions on the environmental impact, and DG ENTR prepared questions on the health impacts and their alternatives). Both sets of questions were sent to DG SANCO (Health and consumer protection). DG SANCO passed these questions to the relevant Scientific Committees:- http://www.ec.europa.eu/health/phrisk/committees/committeesen.htm

The questions on environment (DG ENV) were sent to the Scientific Committee on Health & Environment Risks (SCHER): http://www.ec.europa.eu/health/phrisk/committees/04scher/docs/scherq050.pdf

The questions on health (DG ENTR) were sent to the Scientific Committee on Emerging & Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR):-


These two Committees will work in parallel over the coming months and publish their assessment in December 2007. In March 2006, the European Parliament asked the Commission to bring forward a proposal to restrict the use of mercury in dental amalgams by the end of 2007. Given these developments in scientific assessments and policy demands on the widespread use of mercury in dental amalgams, EEB, HEAL and the Zero Mercury Working Group are holding a conference entitled " Dental Sector as a source of mercury contamination" on 25 May 2007 in Brussels, as a contribution to engaging more stakeholders in this important debate. The agenda and other details can be found at:- http://www.zeromercury.org/EUdevelopments/070525EEBDentalAmalgamconference.html

Report: “Mercury in Dental Use: Environmental Implications for the European Union”:- http://www.zeromercury.org/EUdevelopments/Maxson%20Dental%2014May2007%20-%20A5colour.pdf

Stay Healthy Stop Mercury campaign: http://www.env-health.org/r/145