Minamata Convention

Fight against mercury: first Minamata Convention conference in Geneva

15.09.2017 - Dal 24 al 29 settembre 2017 si terrà a Ginevra la prima Conferenza delle Parti (COP1) della Convenzione di Minamata, entrata in vigore il 16 agosto 2017. Si tratta di una tappa fondamentale nella lotta globale contro l’avvelenamento da mercurio.

At a glance

Pollutant register

The Swiss Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (SwissPRTR) provides information on releases of pollutants and transfers of wastes from facilities and diffuse sources.

Cooling agents

Certain substances and groups of substances suitable for use as cooling agents have negative impacts on the ozone layer or the climate and must be approved for that reason.

Substances that must be approved

Specific substances with properties of very great concern may be placed on the market and used after a transitional period subject to authorisation.

Bans and restrictions

Because they are hazardous, certain substances, preparations and objects are banned or subject to restricted use.


As a party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Switzerland is helping to achieve global protection goals.


Nanomaterials are useful for countless innovative applications, but can also pose risks to human health and the environment.

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