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Armenia

Coordinating NGO for EEB/ZMWG funded projects: Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE)

Contact details:         Elena Manvelyan- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2014 - Project title: Towards phasing out mercury in products in Armenia

  • Project goal: to promote quick ratification and assist treaty implementation.
  • Project duration: 9 months (January-July 2014)

Armenia signed the Minamata Convention on mercury in October 2013 and has already launched enabling activities towards its ratification.

Mercury is used in a wide variety of household devices and products. These items release mercury into the environment when broken or improperly disposed. If spilled, mercury absorbs into many materials while slowly evaporating into the air over time, allowing for exposure. Knowing what products and items contain mercury and handling them properly, will limit the risk of mercury exposure. Common products often have a simple and environmentally friendly alternative.

The project focused on the following most common mercury containing products available to the public in Armenia

  • Mercury containing medical devices
  • Mercury containing vaccine
  • Dental amalgam used in previous years
  • Mercury containing batteries
  • Mercury containing lamps
  • LED screens of mobile phones and computer/laptop screens
  • Mercury containing skin-lightening creams and children’s cosmetics
  • A matter of special concern is presence of mercury containing pesticides in storages of banned and obsolete pesticides.

AWHHE acknowledges financial support by Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and the European Commission (EC) via the European Environmental Bureau/Zero Mercury Working Group in this project

Avoid Using Mercury Containing Devices (eng / arm)


Armenia,(in cooperation with  Belarus[1], Georgia[2])


2010 - 2011 Project title:               Mercury in skin lightening creams in EECCA

Project objectives:     Analyze mercury content in skin lightening creams in the three participating countries

Activities:

ð     Determine how much mercury is used in different skin care and cosmetic products through laboratory analysis of chosen samples in the three countries

ð     analysis of relevant EECCA and EU legislation on mercury use in such products

ð     analysis of the trade issues - where the products come from and quantities etc

Recommendation:    Include skin care and cosmetic products as mercury-containing products to be banned in the upcoming global treaty on mercury

Status:                         completed

Outcome:

out of the 100 tested samples, 82 of them contained mercury. The highest level  of mercury concentration among these (1,7 ppm) was found in the product ‘C.L. Set for fading the freckles’, which is imported from China and bought in Georgia. Only 18 of the total 100 tested samples did not contain mercury. Although these products did not have any mercury content, it is unknown whether they contain other harmful substances, e.g. whitening agents such as hydroquinone.

Final report



[1] Center of Environmental Solutions (CES) is a non-for-profit, non-governmental foundation (establisment) legally established in Belarus in the beginning of 2009. As an envrionmental group FRI, our team has been working since 2001.

CES mission is promoting of an environmentally friendly life-style, principles of sustainable development for preserving living conditions for future generations, and assisting in development of inter-cultural dialogue and partnership for environmental protection.

CES has experience of participating in national and international processes in the area of chemicals safety, SAICM implementation, and waste management.

[2] Georgian Environmental and Biological Monitoring Association (GEBMA) is   a   non-governmental, scientific, non-profit organization. The group of scientists-toxicologists working in environmental and health issues has established it in 1995 on the base of the Georgian Institute of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases.  In July 11-th, 2006, the Association re-registered in the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tbilisi. Registration #: 833.

GEBMA unites 9 founders-members. Depending on circumstances, volunteers are also attracted in organization.

Main purpose of the Association is to protect human health and environment against harmful environmental and occupational factors, especially, against chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers, POPs, industrial chemicals, consumer chemicals, cosmetics and others.

                                Since 1997 GEBMA has been involved in the Pan-European processes on “Environment for Europe” and “Environment and Health”.

Internal organizations GEBMA is in a close contact are European Eco-Forum, Eco-Accord, IPEN and WECF.

GEBMA has been involving in preparation of the National Documents such as:

·          “ National Profile to Assess the National Infrastructure for Management of Chemicals in Georgia”; Supported by the Directorate General XI of the   European   Commission through UNITAR/IOMC, 1998;

·          Georgia NEHAP; Supported by WHO, 2000-2003;

UNEP/WHO milk survey (Georgia’s National Protocol for the monitoring of POPs in human milk), 2008.

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