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Coordinating NGO for EEB/ZMWG funded projects:        Global Village of Beijing

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

Assessment Meeting of Mercury-containing Medical Devices Substitution Pilot Project in Qinhuangdao Was Held on March 23rd (Qinhuangdao is a major port city in northern China with a population of 2870 thousand (2009))

March 26, 2012

On March 23, 2012, an assessment meeting for Qinhuangdao Maternity and Child Health Hospital’s mercury-containing medical devices substitution pilot project was held in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. Liang Fang, Director of the hospital’s nursing department, presented the implementation process and achievements of the substitution project. Representatives from Chinese Ministry of Health, Chinese CDC, Qinhuangdao Bureau of Health, Beijing Normal University, local hospitals and media participated the meeting.  The participants inspected the hospital’s use of mercury-free thermometer and sphygmomanometers, mercury-containing devices storage site and other assessment items.

The pilot project was jointly conducted by China National Democratic Construction Association Qinhuangdao Municipal Committee, Sino-Union Create (a Chinese NGO based in Qinhuangdao), Qinhuangdao Maternity and Child Health Hospital and Global Village of Beijing. The project began in August 2011. Initially, an implementation task force was formed with the hospital’s director as leader and participated by representatives from each department in the hospital. And then, mercury inventory survey, staff training, comparative trial and substitution were conducted in sequence.

As of February of this year, the hospital has put 400 mercury-free thermometers and 17 mercury-free sphygmomanometers in use.  The amount of mercury-containing thermometers in use was reduced from 910 to 140 and the amount of mercury-containing sphygmomanometer was reduced from 38 to 10. In 2012, the hospital will no longer purchase new mercury-containing sphygmomanometers or thermometers. This is expected to reduce the demand of mercury more than 5,000 grams per years. Due to the lack of available alternatives and relevant standards, some departments of the hospital haven’t replaced their mercury devices, such as thermometers in neonatology department and sphygmomanometers used in ambulance.  The project team intends to follow up on the above issue.  

Qinhuangdao Maternity and Child Health Hospital is one of the few hospitals in China that have conducted mercury-containing medical devices substitution. An important consequence of the project is that it demonstrates the possibility of eliminating mercury-containing medical products to other hospitals


2011 Project title:                       Raising Awareness on Mercury Pollution in Hospitals- Phase VII

Project objectives:       Promote hospitals’ awareness of mercury-free health care and provide experience and guidance for reducing mercury in medical devices in the future -  Proposal phase VII


ð     Promote hospitals’ awareness about the possibility of mercury-free health care

ð     Provide experience and guidance to doctors to sensitize them to the alternative of mercury-free medical devices, by demonstrating successful cases of substitution of mercury thermometers and blood pressure devices in China

ð     Review domestic regulation to reduce mercury in medical devices

ð     promote mercury-free practices via skill-sharing between mercury-free hospitals in Beijing and provincial hospitals

Status: completed


One of the main outcomes was a workshop between Beijing and Qinhuangdao city (population 2.8 million) healthcare sectors on reducing mercury pollution from medical devices was held on April 12, 2011. The workshop was jointly held by Global Village of Beijing and Sino-Union Create, a NGO in Hebei Province.

Another outcome of this project is the report on Analysis of Mercury-Containing Medical Devices Substitution In Healthcare Sectors


Previous projects

2010 - GVB Proposal Phase VI

Final report Phase VI

2009 - GVB Phase V proposal

Final report Phase V

2008 - GVB Phase IV proposal

Final report from Phase IV

2007-GVB Phase III proposal

Final  report  from Phase III

2006 - GVB Phase II proposal

Report from the Guizhou Mercury Investigation submitted to Government (CHI)
English Executive Summary of the report from Guizhou
Final report from Phase II

2005 - GVB Phase I proposal

Project website
Factbook on mercury in EN and CHI
Guidebook in the form of wallet.
Exhibition boards 1 , 2
Boards exhibited outsideuniversities 1,2 , 3
Conference launching the project - picture
NGO Workshop

New Exhibition boards:
Poster :
Mercury book:
Mercury CD:
Photo of mercury workshop(1.26):
Investigation report in Guizhou:

photos of activities in some universities:

Study under Phase III: Market Research Report on Chinese Mercury-free Thermometers and Sphygmomanometers

Agenda from the 2007 China NGOs Skillshare on Chemical Safety