Specific Exemptions


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Notification of Specific Exemption(s) for Production and Use of Technical Endosulfan and its related isomers           

Notification of specific exemption(s) for use of a chemical listed in Annex A (*)

Notification of specific exemption(s) for production and use of PFOS, its salts and PFOS-F

(*) For notification on endosulfan please use the relevant form prepared for that purpose.



The Register is established in conformity with Article 4 of the Stockholm Convention for the purpose of identifying the Parties that have specific exemptions listed in Annex A or Annex B.
See the Register of Specific Exemptions

The Conference of the Parties, pursuant to Article 4 of the Convention and by decision SC-4/3 as adopted at its fourth meeting, noted the cancellation of all specific exemptions, with the exception of polychlorinated biphenyls, that were recorded in the Register of Specific Exemptions for the persistent organic pollutants listed in Annex A or B of the Convention at the time of its adoption. As at 17 May 2009, there were no Parties registered for the specific exemptions listed in Annex A pertaining to aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, and mirex, nor for the specific exemption listed in Annex B pertaining to DDT. Therefore, in accordance with paragraph 9 of Article 4 of the Convention, no new registrations may be made with respect to such exemptions. See the Expired Specific Exemptions.

The Register of Specific Exemptions for the persistent organic pollutants was amended pursuant to the decisions SC -4/14, 4/15, 4/17 and 4/18 of the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties and decision SC-5/3 of the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, so as to include, in Annexes A and B of the Convention, new specific exemptions.

In principle, the amendments to Annexes A, B and C to include the listing of hexabromodiphenyl ether, heptabromodiphenyl ether, lindane, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts, perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride, tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether have entered into force on 26 August 2010. The amendment to Annex A to include the listing of technical endosulfan and its related isomers entered into force on 27 October 2012. However, these amendments may not enter into force with respect to those Parties that: i) have submitted a notification pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 3(b) of Article 22 of the Convention or ii) have made declarations regarding the amendments to the Annexes in accordance with paragraph 4 of article 25 of the Convention.

List of specific exemptions


Annex A

Chemical
Activity
Specific exemptions
Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether[1] Use Articles in accordance with provisions of part IV of Annex A of the Convention
Lindane
CAS No: 58-89-9
Use Human health pharmaceutical for control of head lice and scabies as second line treatment
Tetrabromodiphenyl ether* and pentabromodiphenyl ether* [1] Use Articles in accordance with the provisions of Part V of Annex A
Technical endosulfan and its related isomers

Production

As allowed for the parties listed in the Register of Specific Exemptions
Use  Crop-pest complexes as listed in accordance with the provisions of part VI of Annex A


Annex B

Chemical
Activity
Specific exemptions
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 1763-23-1), its saltsa and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride
(CAS No: 307-35-7) [2]

  a For example:
potassium perfluorooctane sulfonate
(CAS no. 2795-39-3);

lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate
(CAS no. 29457-72-5);

ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate
(CAS no. 29081-56-9);

diethanolammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate (CAS no. 70225-14-8);

tetraethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate (CAS no. 56773-42-3);

didecyldimethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate (CAS no. 251099-16-8).

Production

As allowed for Parties listed in the Register

 

Use

For the following specific uses, or as an intermediate in the production of chemicals with the following specific uses:

  • Photo masks in the semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) industries
  • Metal plating (hard metal plating)
  • Metal plating (decorative plating)
  • Electric and electronic parts for some colour printers and colour copy machines
  • Insecticides for control of red imported fire ants and termites
  • Chemically driven oil production
  • Carpets
  • Leather and apparel
  • Textiles and upholstery
  • Paper and packaging
  • Coatings and coating additives
  • Rubber and plastics

[1]   Please refer to the definitions as provided in Part III of Annex A of the Convention, for more information.

[2]   Please refer to the definitions as provided in Part III of Annex B of the Convention, for more information.