Updating and or Development of Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes Consisting of, Containing or Contaminated with Persistent Organic Pollutants

By decision BC-14/4, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted the General technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants, and specific technical guidelines that had been updated or prepared to address the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C to the Stockholm Convention at SC COP-8. The adopted technical guidelines will be made available at the COP-14 webpage and later on also at the Publications page (on technical guidelines).

Work following COP-14

As per decision BC-14/4, Parties and others were invited to:

  • Submit to the Secretariat, three months in advance of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (23 March 2020), comments on the low persistent organic pollutant content values included in the technical guidelines, as appropriate, and related information, including on studies, taking into account relevant information available in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • Indicate to the Secretariat by 31 August 2019 their willingness to take the lead in updating the following technical guidelines in accordance with paragraph 9 of decision BC-14/4: 
(a) “General technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants”, taking into account decisions SC-9/4, SC-9/11 and SC-9/12;
(b) “Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF)”, taking into account decisions SC-9/4 and SC-9/5, respectively;
(c) “Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with the pesticides” to include dicofol, taking into account decision SC-9/11;

Additionally, as per various paragraphs of the same decision BC-14/4, the Conference of the Parties decided:

  • Paragraph 6: Decides to continue working towards a review of provisional low persistent organic pollutant content values in the General technical guidelines, and other technical guidelines, as appropriate, before the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, with a view to establishing lower low persistent organic pollutant content values at least for hexabromodiphenyl ether (hexaBDE) and heptabromodiphenyl ether (heptaBDE), tetrabromodiphenyl ether (tetraBDE) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE), decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
  • Paragraph 8: Encourages Parties and others to, as soon as possible, develop and use methods, including screening methods, that are validated and suitable for industrial-scale use for the sampling and analysis of persistent organic pollutant content in waste, in particular of hexaBDE and heptaBDE, tetraBDE and pentaBDE, and decaBDE content in waste in the range between 50mg/kg and 1,000mg/kg.
  • Paragraph 9: Decides that the updating of the General technical guidelines and the updating of specific technical guidelines with regard to the chemicals listed in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention by decisions SC-9/11 and SC-9/12 of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention and to the amendment of the listing of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) in Annex B to the Stockholm Convention by decision SC-9/4 should be included in the work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for the period 2020–2021.
  • Paragraph 12: Requests the small intersessional working group to prepare a draft analysis of candidate persistent organic pollutants recommended for listing in annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee in order to identify whether technical guidelines will need to be updated or developed for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting;
General comments or queries should be sent to Ms. Carla Valle-Klann, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (Email: carla.valle@brsmeas.org, Tel: +41 22 917 86 86)

Work following COP-13

Following BC-13/4 decision, the SIWG on POP wastes worked on new and updated technical guidelines from September 2017 to April/May 2019. The work of the SIWG can be followed through its meetings and the versions of the guidelines that were developed and updated (December 2017 versions, March 2018 versions).

Information submitted, pursuant to paragraph 10, of decision BC-13/4, on low persistent organic pollutant content values (LPC) is available on the website and compiled in a document for the OEWG-11 meeting (UNEP/CHW/OEWG.11/INF/14).  

At the eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, by its decision OEWG-11/3, the Working group invited comments from Parties and others by 15 February 2019 on the draft technical guidelines to be prepared after the OEWG-11 meeting. 

The comments received as per decision OEWG-11/3 are available on the website and compiled in a document for the COP-14 meeting (UNEP/CHW.14/INF/9).

The technical guidelines prepared for the consideration of the COP-14 in 2019, we developed in consultation with the SIWG, and took into account the comments received. The documents were made available at the COP-14 webpage (UNEP/CHW.14/7/Add.1 to UNEP/CHW.14/7/Add.5). 

Information on the meetings of the SIWG is available on the website.

Previous comments and versions of the technical guidelines can be found in the archive page