Guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs

Scope

The Convention prohibits the use of PFOS and its related chemicals except in certain applications or as intermediate in the production of chemicals used in these applications. Production is allowed only for use in these applications and the production of chemicals used in these applications. Parties that produce and/or use PFOS have to register with the Secretariat of the Convention and should take into account guidance on BAT and BEP. Furthermore, in 2011, the COP adopted a decision that encourages Parties to implement recommendations on risk reduction for PFOS, its salts and PFOS-F that relate to the different stages in the life cycle of PFOS and processes and materials containing PFOS. This guidance document has been developed to guide Parties in adequately addressing the risks of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its related substances.

Main target audience

Staff responsible for developing management plans for the application of BAT and BEP for the production and use of PFOS and technical staff involved in their implementation.

Guidance

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