Forms and guidance documents

Through its meetings since 2017, the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury has adopted forms and guidance to assist Parties with its effective implementation. These forms and guidance, as adopted, are presented below.

Article Adopted Title File Further Information
3 COP1 MC-1/3 Guidance in relation to mercury supply sources and trade in relation to certification Download

More info on Annex II to document UNEP/MC/COP.1/6

3 COP1 MC-1/2 Guidance on the identification of individual stocks of mercury or mercury compounds exceeding 50 metric tons and sources of mercury supply generating stocks exceeding 10 metric tons per year Download
3 COP1 MC-1/2 Guidance on completing the forms required under article 3 related to trade in mercury Download
3 COP1 MC-1/2 Forms related to Article 3 on Mercury trade Download
6 COP1 MC-1/12 Format for the registration of exemptions for the products and processes listed in Part I of Annexes A and B Download
7 COP1 MC-1/13 Guidance on developing a national action plan to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining Download

Information on the upcoming 2022 update: UNEP website on National Action Plans

8 COP1 MC-1/16 Guidance on the methodology for preparing inventories of emissions pursuant to Article 8 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Download

Mercury inventory toolkit

8 COP1 MC-1/16 Guidance on criteria that Parties may develop pursuant to paragraph 2(b) Download
8 COP1 MC-1/14 Guidance on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices - Taking into account any difference between new and existing sources and the need to minimize cross-media effects (Including guidance on support for Parties in implementing the measures set out in paragraph 5, in particular in determining goals and in setting emission limit values) Download
9 COP4 MC-4/5 Guidance on the methodology for preparing inventories of releases adopted pursuant to paragraph 7 of article 9 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Download
9 COP5 MC-5/9 Releases of mercury: adoption of guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices to control releases of mercury from relevant sources (article 9) Download

Technical reference document available as UNEP/MC/COP.5/INF/11

10 COP2 MC-2/6 Guidelines on the environmentally sound interim storage of mercury other than waste mercury Download
11 Basel Convention Basel Convention: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with mercury or mercury compounds Download

Updated guidance available as advance version at the Basel Convention website: UNEP/CHW.15/6/Add.6

11 COP3 MC-3/5, COP4 MC-4/6, COP5 MC-5/10 Mercury waste thresholds Download

Information on alternative approaches will be posted on the website as received.

11 COP5 MC-5/10 Guidance document on test methods to be used for the tier-2 threshold for tailings from mining other than primary mercury mining Download
12 COP3 MC-3/6 Guidance on the management of contaminated sites Download

Technical information supplementing the guidance

16 WHO Strategic planning for implementation of the health-related articles of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Download

WHO Website

21 COP1 MC-1/8 Reporting format for the Minamata Convention on Mercury Download

National Report pursuant to Article 21. For more information, visit the offline paper version of the reporting format.

21 COP5 MC-5/13 Guidance for completing the national reporting format for the Minamata Convention on Mercury Download