4 New Chemicals Listed under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions

Little Pro on 2016-01-07

16 May 2015, Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions at a UNEP meeting have decided to list four new chemicals under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.

Stockholm Convention
  • 3 substances added to Annex A elimination list;
  • Polychlorinated napthalenes;
  • Hexachlorobutadiene;
  • Pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters;
  • 1 pesticide;
  • Methamidophos;


Decisions regarding candidate chemicals where consensus could not be reached for listings, including Short-chained chlorinated paraffins, paraquat formulations and trichlorfon, will be deferred to the next meeting scheduled in 2017.

A complete list of other candidate chemicals that may be controlled by the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions can be found below:

Stockholm Convention
  • Decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE);
  • Dicofol;
  • Short-chained chlorinated paraffins;
Rotterdam Convention
  • Chrysotile asbestos;
  • Fenthion (ultra low volume (ULV) formulations at or above 640 g active ingredient/L);
  • Liquid paraquat formulations (emulsifiable concentrate and soluble concentrate) containing paraquat dichloride at or above 276 g/L Trichlorfon;

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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