2019 Updates of The Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions

Little Pro on 2019-05-10

The 9th meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (COP) were held in the period of 29 April to 10 May 2019 in Geneva. The COP has decided to list the following new chemicals.

Convention Updates
Stockholm Convention
  • 2 chemicals:
  • Dicofol (pesticide); 
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) its salts and PFOA-related compounds (some applications with time-limited exemptions);
  • Listing in Annex A to the Convention obliges Parties to eliminate these chemicals from use.
Rotterdam Convention
  • 2 chemicals
  • phorate (pesticides);
  • hexabromocyclododecane (an industrial chemical);
  • Listing in annex III means that they will be subject to the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure.

Whether to list the following chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention will be postponed to the COP meeting in May 2021.

  • Paraquat formulations of type SL/EC containing ≥200 g paraquat ion per L
  • Fenthion formulations of type ULV containing ≥640 g fenthion per L
  • Carbosulfan
  • Acetochlor
  • Chrysotile asbestos

Impacts of the Stockholm Convention

The Stockholm Convention has a big impact on both chemical industry and other sectors which supply or use listed chemicals (persistent organic pollutants) in their articles and parts. Once a hazardous substance is added to Annex A, it will face a global ban. Companies must take measures to eliminate or substitute the hazardous substance in their products.

Read More About Stockholm Convention and POPs

Impacts of the Rotterdam Convention

Chemicals listed in the Rotterdam Convention are not banned. However, certain information must be exchanged between the exporting party and importing part. Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure must be followed.

Read More About Rotterdam Convention


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