The National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (ANVISA) approved, on March 7, 2017, a resolution that bans the sale of mercury thermometers and blood pressure measurement devices that contain mercury.
This measurement will start in 2019, one year prior to the date identified in the Minamata Convention on Mercury, in which 140 countries committed to eliminate the mercury from all medical instruments by 2020. With this resolution, Brazil becomes an example for the entire region.
To read the official resolution (in Portuguese), click here.
For more information on the effects of mercury in health care, click here.