Meeting Report

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its fifth meeting527 K364 K
 
 
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I. Opening of the meeting

1. The fifth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee was held at the Varembé Conference Centre in Geneva from 12 to 16 October 2009. Mr. Reiner Arndt (Germany), Chair of the Committee, declared the meeting open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 12 October 2009.

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10/Add.1General guidance on considerations related to alternatives and substitutes for listed persistent organic pollutants and candidate chemicals328 K113.88 K
 
 
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Prepared by the ad hoc working group on substitution and alternatives of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention. October 2009

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10/Add.2Risk profile on endosulfan549.5 K450.06 K
 
 
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Addendum

At its fifth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk profile on endosulfan, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/3. The text of the risk profile, as amended, is set out below.


Annex I: POPRC Decisions


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POPRC-5/1Work programmes on new persistent organic pollutants87 K32.78 K
 
 
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Taking into account that some Parties at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties expressed a need for guidance on how to identify unintentionally released pentachlorobenzene,

1. Invites the Secretariat to collect from Parties and observers the information outlined in decision SC-4/19 using a revised version of the questionnaire for submitting information on new persistent organic pollutants, as discussed during the fifth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee;

POPRC-5/2Substitution and alternatives33 K12.05 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

1. Requests the intersessional working group to continue to develop guidance on perfluorooctane sulfonate alternatives based on the revised annotated outline set out in annex V to the report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its fifth meeting;

POPRC-5/3Toxic interactions67 K15.51 K
 
 
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Noting that, in its evaluation of whether a chemical 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, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee may include in an Annex E risk profile a hazard assessment for the endpoint or endpoints of concern, including a consideration of toxicological interactions involving multiple chemicals,

POPRC-5/4Support for effective participation of the Parties in the work of the Committee69.5 K15.11 K
 
 
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1. Endorses the pocket guide as amended and invites Parties and observers to consider using it;

2. Also endorses the explanatory notes to the forms for the submission of information specified in Annexes E and F contained respectively in annexes VI and VII to the report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its fifth meeting and requests the Secretariat to use them;

POPRC-5/5Endosulfan63.5 K9.92 K
 
 
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Having completed the risk profile for endosulfan in accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 8 of the Convention,

1. Adopts the risk profile for endosulfan contained in addendum 2 to the report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its fifth meeting;

POPRC-5/6Hexabromocyclododecane70.5 K71.48 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

Having examined the proposal by Norway, which is a Party to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) (Commercial HBCD, CAS No.: 25637-99-4; -HBCD, CAS No.: 25637-99-4134237-50-6; -HBCD, CAS No.: 134237-51-7;  HBCD, CAS No: 134237-52-8) in Annex A to the Convention and having applied the screening criteria specified in Annex D to the Convention,

Annex II - Annex VII


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AnnexIIWorkplans for the period between the Committee’s fifth and sixth meetings (2009–2010)103.5 K26.87 K
 
 
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A. Workplan for the preparation of draft risk profiles

16 October 2009 - The Committee establishes an ad hoc working group.

AnnexIIIComposition of intersessional working groups (2009–2010)106 K47.16 K
 
 
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Working group on endosulfan

Committee members

Mr. Désiré Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)

AnnexIVProposal on next steps for short-chained chlorinated paraffins68.5 K17.31 K
 
 
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1. The concluding statement of the draft risk profile for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/2) states:

Currently, concentrations of SCCPs in remote areas are lower than known concentrations of concern. Available monitoring data do not show that the environmental levels are increasing in concentrations at this time. Given demonstrated long- range transport and ability to accumulate, there is potential for increases should releases continue or increase.

AnnexVRevised summary of the annotated outline for a guidance document on alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and its derivatives88 K41.65 K
 
 
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This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and its development managed by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, KemI. The views herein shall not necessarily be taken to reflect the official opinion of SIDA or KemI. The document is being reproduced as submitted, without formal editing.

AnnexVIAdditional explanatory notes for Annex E information submission form90.5 K28 K
 
 
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General guidance on the submission of information specified in Annex E

A. Procedure

1. In accordance with Article 8 of the Convention, a Party may submit a proposal for listing a chemical in Annexes A, B and/or C.

AnnexVIIAdditional explanatory notes for the Annex F information submission form111.5 K38.92 K
 
 
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General guidance on the submission of information specified in Annex F

A. Procedure

1. In accordance with paragraph 7 (a) of Article 8 of the Convention, if the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee decides on the basis of a chemical’s risk profile that the chemical 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, consideration of the proposal for listing the chemical in Annexes A, B and/or C proceeds to the next step.

Report Addenda

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10/Add.1General guidance on considerations related to alternatives and substitutes for listed persistent organic pollutants and candidate chemicals328 K113.88 K
 
 
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Prepared by the ad hoc working group on substitution and alternatives of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention. October 2009

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10/Add.2Risk profile on endosulfan549.5 K450.06 K
 
 
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Addendum

At its fifth meeting, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted the risk profile on endosulfan, on the basis of the draft contained in document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/3. The text of the risk profile, as amended, is set out below.