Adding New POPs:
POPs Review Committee (POPRC)
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) does more than address the original
'dirty dozen' POPs chemicals. It recognises the need to take global action on all chemicals with
- persistent in the environment;
- travel long distances via air and water;
- are toxic; and
- bioaccumulate in living things.
The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention. The objective of the POPRC is to review proposals submitted by Parties to the Convention for listing new chemicals in Annex A, B, and/or C.
The POPRC have assessed the following chemicals for inclusion on the Stockholm Convention's list of POPs and recommended them for inclusion. The recomendation was accepted by COP4 2009.
- Pentabromodiphenyl ether (Penta BDE)
- Octabromodiphenyl ether (OctaBDE)
- Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
- Alpha & Beta hexachlorocyclohexane
Currently the POPRC is assessing the following three chemicals.
- Short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
The following are key IPEN working documents relating to IPEN's involvement in the POPRC. Translations of these and other useful reports are available in POPRC Documents
San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants
IPEN, PAN Endosulfan Documents
IPEN Quick Guide to POPRC Candidates
IPEN Views of POPRC Drafts
IPEN Guide to New POPs 2009
UNEP Flyer About POPRC
POPs Review Committee Website
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