Stockholm Convention Objective


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Stockholm Convention

  • Objective:

  • To protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs).



Listed 21 POPs

  • Annex A (Elimination)

    • Pesticides: Aldrin, alpha HCH, beta HCH, chlordane, chlordecone, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, lindane, mirex, toxaphene
    • Industrial chemicals: hexachlorobenzene, PCBs, hexabromobiphenyl, hexa and hepta BDEs, tetra and penta BDEs, pentachlorobenzene,
  • Annex B (Restriction)

    • Pesticides: DDT
    • Industrial chemicals: Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF)
  • Annex C (Unintentional production)

    • Dioxins and furans, PCBs, hexachlorobenzene, pentachlorobenzene


Obligations for listed POPs







Risk management evaluation document for PFOS (2007 and 2008)



General guidance on consideration for identification of alternatives (2009)



Guidance on alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonate and its derivatives (2010)



Section II. Characteristics of PFOS and its derivatives















Work programme on newly listed persistent organic pollutants (SC-4/19)



Collected information



Recommendations on risk reduction for PFOS, its salts, and PFOSF by the POPs Review Committee (POPRC6)



Short-term recommendations in summary:



What’s next?



For more information:



Annex A with Specific exemptions



NOTE: Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC)

  • Subsidiary body to the Convention, mandated to review proposals submitted by Parties for listing new chemicals in Annex A, B, or C.

  • 31 government-designated members

  • Terms of reference, conflict of interest procedure: SC-1/7,SC-1/8, SC-4/20




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