Questionnaire for: A study of Mercury Products Alternatives in Nigeria

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Mercury is toxic to human health and the environment. However it is still used in various products for specific applications even though Mercury-free alternative products have been produced for many of these same applications. Since 2013, more than 120 countries including Nigeria, signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty. This treaty aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Following, the NGO Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev), Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment and its international partners, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), commissioned this study to progress towards the future ratification and implementation of the Minamata Convention by Nigeria.

Project Justification

As part of current activities on the Minamata Convention being undertaken by the Government of Nigeria, SRADev commissioned this study on alternative to mercury in products in Nigeria bearing, the planed ban on mercury in products by the year 2020, in accordance with the Minamata Convention. The latter products include medical and laboratory measuring devices such as Thermometers and Sphygmomanometers.

Accordingly, SRADev and the Federal Ministry of Environment would be most grateful for your kind participation in contributing to the gathering of information on Mercury-free alternative products to replace mercury-added measuring devices that are currently imported, distributed and sold in Nigeria.  

Should you be agreeable to participate in this survey, please kindly read the questionnaire below and provide the most appropriate answers to the questions by typing, writing or checking the appropriate boxes



Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. 




15. In case that your organisation has ever benefitted from after-sales services for the supplied measuring devices, please indicate which of these was/were applicable and specifying for which devices:
ServiceYes|NoDevice(s) for which these services were meant for (if applicable)
After sales services
Advice / demonstration on use
Repairs of devices
Take-back of end-of-life devices
Training of end-users
Calibration of devices
Take-back of faulty/broken devices
Advice on new/alternative products
Changing of spare parts
Any other (please specify)
16. Based on your experience on the performance and characteristics of the Mercury-added and Mercury-free measuring devices, please compare each device against specified criterion in the following table. Please use the below rating as applicable for the devices imported/supplied/sold at your organisation: 1 - Very good, 2 – Good, 3 – Neutral, 4 – Poor and 5 – Very poor
CriterionMercury- free Medical ThermometerMercury added Medical ThermometerMercury- free Mercury Thermometers (Non-Medical)Mercury-added Mercury Thermometers (Non-Medical)Mercury free SphygmomanometersMercury added SphygmomanometersMercury free BarometerMercury added Barometer
Response time
Ease of use
Reliability of results
Accuracy of results
Measuring range
Market availability
Ease of calibration

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