Ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.9)

Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013

Venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.

Highlights: The ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC.9) will be held from 14 to 18 October 2013, with pre-meetings on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. In addition, on Sunday, 20 October 2013, a joint meeting with the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee (CRC) will be held. This joint meeting was agreed to by the bureaux of the Committees and the conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, at their sixth meetings held from 28 April to 10 May 2013. The purpose of the joint meeting is for scientific information exchange between the members of the Committees.

The Committee will have before it proposals for listing decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) and dicofol in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention. The Committee will also review, among other things, the draft risk management evaluation on chlorinated naphthalenes and hexachlorobutadiene and the draft risk profile on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters. We would like to remind you that if you are planning to provide new or additional data on any chemical at the meeting, you should also provide a copy of the full reference documentation to ensure data acceptability.

The Committee’s meetings are open to observers in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Conference of the Parties and the terms of reference of the POPs Review Committee. To participate as an observer, please read the information for admission of observers and submit the completed registration form before 30 August 2013 by fax or e-mail to the Secretariat.

First joint meeting of the Chemical Review Committee and the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, 20 October 2013

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Briefing Webinar

Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

The objective of this webinar is to inform parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and stakeholders on the outcome of these meetings.

Recording   21 November 2013

Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

Briefing on the outcome of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC.

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+1 hours)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
        19 November 2013 at 10 am                                             Register
         21 November 2013 at 4 pm                                             Register

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Background:

The ninth meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC9) was held at FAO in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the POPRC reviewed chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertook tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC9) took place at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC included in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and proposals for new severely hazardous pesticide formulations in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

The first joint meeting of the POPRC and the CRC took place at the same venue, on 20 October 2013. The joint session took place after the POPRC9, prior to the CRC9. During this session the two Committee members and observers discussed how to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two working bodies.

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and stakeholders on the outcome of these meetings.

Content

  1. Introduction – 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Ninth meetings of the POPRC – 15 min.
    • Ninth meeting of the CRC – 15 min.
    • First joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC – 5 min.
  3. Discussion – 20 min

Target group

Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and Basel Convention SIWG on POPs guidelines members. 

Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

The objective of this side event is to share the latest knowledge on the sound management of articles containing POPs and on phasing-out the use and production of POPs subject to specific exemptions or acceptable purposes, sharing information on alternatives and substitutes readily available.

Recording    October 18 2013

Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

Second Live Session, side event at POPRC-9 “POPs in Articles and phasing-out opportunities in developing countries”

Presentations

Presenter Title Download
Secretariat Side Event Programme Download Side Event Programme in PDF format
Melissa Lim, Secretariat POPs in articles and POPs-free work Download POPs in articles and POPs-free work in PDF format
Dr. CHEN Yuan, BCRCSRC Asia Pacific New POPs in Articles - Case study of PBDEs and PFOS Download New POPs in Articles - Case study of PBDEs and PFOS in PDF format
Joe DiGangi, IPEN A survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding Download A survey of PBDEs in recycled carpet padding in PDF format
Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting Frame of the Publication “POPs in Articles and Phasing-Out Opportunities” Download Frame of the Publication “POPs in Articles and Phasing-Out Opportunities” in PDF format

Background

The addition of eleven new Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the Stockholm Convention in 2009, 2011 and 2013 brought a number of new challenges to Parties in their efforts to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional production and use of these POPs. Among these issues are the identification and sound management of industrial POPs that have been integrated into articles and products throughout their life-cycle.

In addition, several Parties have expressed that one of the challenges faced is the lack of information on the use and presence of new POPs in supply chains, production, recycling processes, as well as in waste streams.

Objectives

The objective of this side event is to share the latest knowledge on the sound management of articles containing POPs and on phasing-out the use and production of POPs subject to specific exemptions or acceptable purposes, sharing information on alternatives and substitutes readily available. The side event will provide opportunities to:

Share the outcome of research activities being undertaken and promote the continuous exchange of information.

Disseminate experiences and practical successful cases related to POPs in articles, alternatives, substitutes and POPs-free situations.

Invite POPRC participants to actively contribute to the activities.

Target Groups

The present webinar will target:

  • Official Contact Points and National Focal Points of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • Members of the POPRC and CRC
  • All stakeholders interested in issues related to enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on scientific and technical issues

Contents

The side event will include Presentations on each of the following topics followed by a general discussion:

  • POPs in articles: an overview
    Presenter: BRS Secretariat (10’)
  • Sound management of POPs in articles: PFOS/PFC case
    Presenter: SCRCAP – China (10’)
  • Civil Society work
    Presenter: IPEN (10’)
  • Publication and related work
    Presenter: Mr. Roland Weber (10’)
  • Discussion (40’)

Schedule for the Webinar

The time indicated is based on Geneva local time (UTC/GMT +2 hour).

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hours)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
October 18 2013, at 13:30 pm
Register

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: TA@pops.int  

Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

The objective of the side event is to share the updated information on availability, feasibility and properties of the alternative chemical flame retardants to replace HBCD on the market.

Recording   14 October 2013
Audio Recording  

Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

Live, Side event at POPRC-9 “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hours)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
14 October 2013, at  12:30 Register

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Presentations

The presentations at the side event on HBCD alternatives were given by producers and users of HBCD alternatives.

Presenter Title Download
Secretariat Side Event Programme Download Side Event Programme in PDF format
Peter Dawson, POPRC Chair HBCD WG Alternatives to HBCD - state of play Download Alternatives to HBCD - state of play in PDF format
Marshall Moore, Great Lakes Emerald Innovation 3000 - Polymeric flame retardant for polystyrene foams Download Emerald Innovation 3000 - Polymeric flame retardant for polystyrene foams in PDF format
ICL-IP ICL IP - Commercial availiability of sustainable polymeric flame retardant Download ICL IP - Commercial availiability of sustainable polymeric flame retardant in PDF format
Sabrina Zambotti, Green Chemicals GC SAM - Alternative to HBCD for XPS Download GC SAM - Alternative to HBCD for XPS in PDF format
Stephen Long, INEOS HCBD - A European Perspective Download HCBD - A European Perspective in PDF format
Marco ten Bruggencate, Dow Building Solution Working with a new Flame Retardant Download Working with a new Flame Retardant in PDF format
Marcin Cebulski, Synthos Transitionning from HCBD to alternative FR for PS building and construction products Download Transitionning from HCBD to alternative FR for PS building and construction products in PDF format
Alessia Spaliviero, Isochemicals Polymeric flame retardant masterbatch for extruded polystyrene foam Download Polymeric flame retardant masterbatch for extruded polystyrene foam in PDF format
Kaneka Corporation Japan From HBCD to the alternative flame retardant - KANEKA Japan’s example Download From HBCD to the alternative flame retardant - KANEKA Japan’s example in PDF format
Kurt Münder, Knauf insulation HBCD Replacement by Brominated Butadiene-Styrene Polymer (BrBDS) Download HBCD Replacement by Brominated Butadiene-Styrene Polymer (BrBDS) in PDF format
Flint Hills Resources Flint Hills Resources will manufacture expandable polystyrene with new flame retardant technology Download Flint Hills Resources will manufacture expandable polystyrene with new flame retardant technology in PDF format
Canada Proposed HBCD Risk Management Measure in Canada Download Proposed HBCD Risk Management Measure in Canada in PDF format
Sylvain Bintein, EU Authorization Process in the EU Download Authorization Process in the EU in PDF format

Background

The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee will be held from 14 to 18 October 2013 in Rome. On Monday 14, October 2013, a lunch time side event entitled “Alternatives to HBCD – state of play”, organized by the previous working group on HBCD, will take place. The side event will be broadcasted through this webinar.

In May, 2013, the Conference of the Parties, by its decision SC-6/13, decided to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention with specific exemptions for production and use in expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) in buildings.

Objective

The objective of the side event is to share the updated information on availability, feasibility and properties of the alternative chemical flame retardants to replace HBCD on the market.

Contents

1.       1.  Introductions

2.       2.  HBCD substitution – polymeric alternatives

    1. Supplier/licensee comments (EHS profile, global notifications, licensing/intellectual property obligations, supply picture
    2. User comments (Europe, North America and Asia) (factors in identifying, assessing and commercializing a non-HBCD PS insulation product

3.       3.  HBCD substitution- non-polymeric alternatives

    1. Supplier comments (EHS profile, global notifications, licensing/intellectual property, supply picture)
    2. User comments (factors in identifying, assessing and commercializing a non-HBCD PS insulation product)

4.       4.  Implementing a HBCD phase out

    1. Voluntary phase out by Japanese PS foam producers
    2. Proposed Risk Management Measure in Canada
    3. Authorization Process in the EU
    4. US EPA alternatives assessment

Target group

Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.

 

Briefing on the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

Recording   19 September 2013

Briefing on the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC

Briefing on the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) and the first joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC

Background

The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-9) of the Stockholm Convention will be held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 18 October 2013. During this meeting the Committee will review the chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and undertake further tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-9) of the Rotterdam Convention will be held at the same venue, from 22 to 25 October 2013. The ninth meeting of the CRC includes in its agenda the review of notifications of final regulatory actions received from Parties for inclusion of new chemicals and a proposal for listing new severely hazardous pesticide formulation in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

The first joint meeting of the POPRC and CRC will take place at the same venue, on Sunday, 20 October 2013. The joint session will take place after POPRC-9 and prior to CRC-9. During this session the members of the two Committees and observers will share scientific information and discuss ways to enhance synergies and improve the exchange of information between the two subsidiary working bodies.

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, observers and other stakeholders in order to enable their full participation in the work of POPRC and CRC.

Contents

  1. Introduction – 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Ninth meeting of the POPRC:15 min.
    • Ninth meeting of the CRC:15 min.
    • First joint meeting of the CRC and POPRC: 5 min.
  3. Questions and answers – 20 min.

Target group

Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions national focal points, official contact points, Designated National Authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders, POPRC members, CRC members and members of the Basel Convention Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on POPs guidelines.

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hours)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
17 September 2013, at  10 am Register
19 September 2013, at 4 pm Register

When you register, you will be given additional information regarding the system requirements and instructions on how to log in to the webinar.