The Convention allows Parties to register specific exemptions to give the time that may be needed to adapt and take necessary measures required by the Convention, in order to reduce or eliminate releases of POPs.

Parties need to register in order to benefit from the Convention’s provisions on specific exemptions listed in Annexes A and B. These specific exemptions have a limited timeframe and shall expire five (5) years after the date of entry into force of the Convention with respect to that particular chemical, unless an earlier date is indicated in the Register by the Party or an extension is granted by the Conference of the Parties.

Parties can also register for acceptable purposes listed in Annex B. Registers have been established for acceptable purposes relating to DDT and PFOS, its salts and PFOS-F.

The Convention also allows notification of POPs in articles in use. Similarly, Parties may notify the Secretariat of production and use of quantities of chemicals listed in annexes A and B as closed-system site-limited intermediates.

Procedures to register for specific exemptions and acceptable purposes; as well as to notify of articles in use and closed-system site-limited intermediates are accessible from the Procedures section.