2017 Updates of The Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions

Little Pro on 2017-05-15

Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions at a UNEP meeting have decided to list the following new chemicals under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions in May 2017.

Convention Updates
Stockholm Convention
  • 2 chemicals added to Annex A elimination list: short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and decaBDE ;
  • Also listing Hexachlorobutadiene (HBCD) in Annex C ;
Rotterdam Convention
  • 2 pesticides and 1 industrial chemical: carbofuran,  trichlorfon, and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) 
  • Also listing tributyltin (TBT) compounds under industrial chemicals category

Decisions regarding candidate chemicals where consensus could not be reached for listings, including chrysotile asbestos, carbosulfanparaquat formulations and fenthion, will be deferred to the next meeting scheduled in 2019.

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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