In October 2013, The ‘Minamata Convention on Mercury’ was adopted in Minamata city (in Japan where serious health incident occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-20th Century). Under the treaty, the manufacture, import or export of mercury and equipment containing mercury will be prohibited globally in 2020. The ‘Minamata Convention on Mercury’ requires Mercury Blood Pressure Monitors to be phased out.
Under the global movement towards Mercury-Free products, replacing Mercury Blood Pressure Monitors with alternative, reliable Mercury-Free devices will be a significant issue for all daily users. As a leading manufacturer of digital blood pressure monitors, A&D is responding to the ‘Minamata Convention on Mercury’, and has developed a series of new professional blood pressure monitors, the UM Series.