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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15 Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its fourth meeting637 K496.22 K
 
 
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Opening of the meeting

The fourth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee was held at the Varembé Conference Centre in Geneva from 13 to 17 October 2008. Mr. Reiner Arndt (Germany), Chair of the Committee, declared the meeting open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 13 October.

Mr. Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention, welcomed the members of the Committee and observers. He explained that he had been holding discussions with Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and that it had become clear that the environmental community was benefiting from what he termed “the right Committee and the right Chair at the right time”. He noted that the Stockholm Convention operated a two-tier system, according to which the Review Committee would make recommendations at the scientific level and the Conference of the Parties would take action at the political level, on whether to include a chemical under the Convention. He urged experts to bear that distinction in mind

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.1 Risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether326 K222.46 K
 
 
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Addendum

Risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether

At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/6, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.2 Risk management evaluation for pentachlorobenzene424 K192.41 K
 
 
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Addendum

At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for pentachlorobenzene, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/7, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.3 Risk management evaluation for alpha hexachlorocyclohexane312.5 K172.12 K
 
 
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Addendum

    At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/8, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited.

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.4 Risk management evaluation for beta hexachlorocyclohexane320 K172.03 K
 
 
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Addendum

    At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for beta hexachlorocyclohexane, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/9, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.5 Addendum to the risk profile for pentachlorobenzene138.5 K37.87 K
 
 
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    Addendum

At its third meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, by decision POPRC-3/7, adopted the risk profile for pentachlorobenzene (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.3/20/Add.7). An addendum to that risk profile was adopted at its fourth meeting. The text of the addendum is set out below. It has not been formally edited.

Addendum to the risk profile for pentachlorobenzen

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.6 Addendum to the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate151.5 K48.22 K
 
 
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    Addendum

Addendum to the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate

At its third meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, by decision POPRC-3/5, adopted the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.3/20/Add.5). An addendum to that evaluation was adopted at its fourth meeting. The text of the addendum is set out below. It has not been formally edited


Annex I: POPRC Decisions


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POPRC-4/1Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether27.5 K9.74 K
 
 
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Having concluded that the hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ether components of commercial octabromodiphenyl ether are likely, as a result of their long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects such that global action is warranted,

POPRC-4/2Pentachlorobenzene30 K8.93 K
 
 
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Having concluded that pentachlorobenzene is likely, as a result of its long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects such that global action is warranted,

POPRC-4/3Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane31 K9.11 K
 
 
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Having concluded that alpha hexachlorocyclohexane is likely, as a result of its long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects such that global action is warranted

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Adopts the risk management evaluation for beta hexachlorocyclohexane found in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.4;

POPRC-4/5Endosulfan43.5 K73.41 K
 
 
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1. Decides, in accordance with paragraph 4 (a) of Article 8 of the Convention, that it is satisfied that the screening criteria have been fulfilled for endosulfan, as set out in the evaluation contained in the annex to the present decision

POPRC-4/6Conflicts of interest38.5 K18.92 K
 
 
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3. Agrees to the text of the draft revised form for the declaration of conflicts of interest of members of the Committee set out in the annex to the current decision;

POPRC-4/7Terms of reference of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee30.5 K12.3 K
 
 
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Recommends to the Conference of the Parties that it amend the Committee’s terms of reference as follows:

(a) Paragraph 27 should be amended to read:

“Proposals for listing chemicals in Annex A, B or C shall be distributed at least three months in advance of meetings. Other documents shall be distributed at least six weeks in advance of meetings.”

POPRC-4/8Support for effective participation of the Parties in the work of the Committee43 K17.87 K
 
 
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Recalling that, pursuant to requests from members of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee designated by developing country Parties, at its third meeting the Conference of the Parties requested the Secretariat to undertake work to support and strengthen the capacity of Parties which are developing countries or countries with economies in transition to participate fully in the work of the Committee,

Annex II - Annex V


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AnnexIIRecommendations of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee to the Conference of the Parties221.5 K195.6 K
 
 
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I. Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether

A. Recommendation pertaining to commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether following on the proposal by Norway

1. The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee received a proposal from Norway to list commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention.

AnnexIIIWorkplan for the preparation of draft risk profiles during the period between the fourth and fifth meetings of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (2008–2009)42.5 K21.8 K
 
 
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Scheduled date

17 October 2008

AnnexIVComposition of intersessional working groups (2008–2009)90.5 K38.48 K
 
 
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Working group on endosulfan

Committee members

Ms. Anahit Aleksandryan (Armenia)

AnnexVSummary by the chair of the contact group on hexabromocyclododecane of the group’s deliberations27.5 K9.34 K
 
 
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The contact group on hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) met during the evening of Wednesday, 15 October 2008, to discuss the proposal for listing HBCDD in Annex A of the Convention and to exchange views on the proposal submitted by Norway.

Report Addenda

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.1 Risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether326 K222.46 K
 
 
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Addendum

Risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether

At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for commercial octabromodiphenyl ether, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/6, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.2 Risk management evaluation for pentachlorobenzene424 K192.41 K
 
 
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Addendum

At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for pentachlorobenzene, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/7, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.3 Risk management evaluation for alpha hexachlorocyclohexane312.5 K172.12 K
 
 
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Addendum

    At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/8, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited.

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.4 Risk management evaluation for beta hexachlorocyclohexane320 K172.03 K
 
 
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Addendum

    At its fourth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk management evaluation for beta hexachlorocyclohexane, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/9, as amended. The text of the risk management evaluation is set out below. It has not been formally edited

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.5 Addendum to the risk profile for pentachlorobenzene138.5 K37.87 K
 
 
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    Addendum

At its third meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, by decision POPRC-3/7, adopted the risk profile for pentachlorobenzene (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.3/20/Add.7). An addendum to that risk profile was adopted at its fourth meeting. The text of the addendum is set out below. It has not been formally edited.

Addendum to the risk profile for pentachlorobenzen

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.4/15/Add.6 Addendum to the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate151.5 K48.22 K
 
 
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    Addendum

Addendum to the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate

At its third meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, by decision POPRC-3/5, adopted the risk management evaluation for perfluorooctane sulfonate (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.3/20/Add.5). An addendum to that evaluation was adopted at its fourth meeting. The text of the addendum is set out below. It has not been formally edited