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 10:59:20
Are there parties of the Stockholm Convention that have asked for Lindane exemptions? If so, what parties and for what uses? Is UNEP developing activities to identify alternatives to Lindane to help those countries in successfully phasing out all Lindane uses?
Irina Ize (from Mexico)
Hello Irina and thank you for your questions.

There are currently three Parties on the Register of specific exemptions for Lindane. These are Canada, China and Sri Lanka. You can find out more information on the purpose of use and reasons for exemption on the following link:

On your questions related to alternatives to Lindane, recent work has been carried out by UNEP to assess the availability of alternatives and the continued need for the use of lindane for the treatment of head lice. A report of this work will be presented at the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

Gracias y saludos

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 )

In the case of the Rotterdam Convention, the work is carried out by the Chemicals Review Committee (see .)

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

Thanks for your question

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,
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: