Mario Yarto
Mario Yarto
Topic: COUNTDOWN TO THE TRIPLE COPs: How do chemicals get listed under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions?
Mario Yarto is a Programme Officer responsible for implementing activities aimed at promoting reduced reliance on and the elimination of chemicals newly listed under the Stockholm Convention, with a f...
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Posted on 05/03/2015 10:56:27
Who does the assessment of the scientific information before Chemicals are listed under the conventions ?
David Decharte (from France)
Hello David,

The information is reviewed by experts of the subsidiary bodies to the Conventions.

For the chemicals under the Stockholm Convention, the work is undertaken by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (see http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/Membership/tabid/2808/Default.aspx )

In the case of the Rotterdam Convention, the work is carried out by the Chemicals Review Committee (see http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Membership/tabid/2897/language/en-US/Default.aspx .)

In both cases, experts are designated by governments which are Parties to the Conventions.

Thanks for your question
Mario

Posted on 05/03/2015 10:27:13
Dear Mario,
I have a question concerning the Stockholm convention, what kind of information is required to assess chemicals under the above mentioned convention?
Thanks for your time,
JGA
Juan Garc?a-Ar?ez (from Switzerland)
Dear Juan, thanks very much for your question.

The assessment of a chemical under the Stockholm Convention is based on information such as: the sources (use, production, releases), persistence, environmental fate, bioaccumulation, exposure, monitoring data, long-range transport potential of the chemical and its adverse human health and /or environmental effects (See Annex E of the Convention).

In addition, the evaluation of information on possible control measures for the chemical is also an important step of the assessment (See Annex F of the Convention).

You can find more details on the following site:

http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/OverviewandMandate/tabid/2806/Default.aspx

Regards,
Mario