Paragraph 1 of article 17 of the Convention provides that parties shall facilitate the exchange of:
Scientific, technical, economic and legal information concerning mercury and mercury compounds, including toxicological, ecotoxicological and safety information;
Information on the reduction or elimination of the production, use, trade, emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds;
Information on technically and economically viable alternatives to:
including information on the health and environmental risks and economic and social costs and benefits of such alternatives; and
- Mercury-added products;
- Manufacturing processes in which mercury or mercury compounds are used; and
- Activities and processes that emit or release mercury or mercury compounds;
Epidemiological information concerning health impacts associated with exposure to mercury and mercury compounds, in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and other relevant organizations, as appropriate.
Its paragraph 3 requests the Secretariat to facilitate cooperation in the exchange of information referred to in the article, as well as with relevant organizations, including the secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements and other international initiatives. In addition to information from Parties, this information shall include information from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations with expertise in the area of mercury, and from national and international institutions with such expertise.
Following information has been received as part of the information exchange.
- Zero Mercury Working Group: Information relevant to the review of annexes A and B (May 2019)
- FDI World Dental Federation: Review of Annexes A and B of the Convention (May 2019)
- International Association for Dental Research: Research into dental amalgam alternatives (May 2019)
- Zero Mercury Working Group: ZMWG contribution in relation to Article 14 of the Minamata Convention, on capacity building, technical assistance and technology transfer (June 2019)
- Ministry of the Environment of Chile: Products with added mercury and risks for the environment and health (January 2020)