The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention evaluate (paragraph 5 of Part III of Annex B to the Convention) the continued need for PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for the various acceptable purposes and specific exemptions on the basis of available scientific, technical, environmental and economic information, including:
- Information provided in the national report;
- Information on the production and use of these chemicals;
- Information on the availability, suitability and implementation of alternatives to these chemicals:
- Information on progress in building the capacity of countries to transfer safely to reliance on such alternatives.
The process for the evaluation of the continued need for PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for the various acceptable purposes and specific exemptions was adopted at COP-6 in 2013 (decision SC-6/4).
The first evaluation was held at COP-7 in 2015. The Conference of the Parties concluded that parties may need to continue to produce and/or use PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for acceptable purposes as provided in Annex B to the Convention and consequently need to notify the Secretariat of their intention to produce and/or use those chemicals for those purposes (decision SC-7/5).
The Conference of the Parties noted, pursuant to paragraph 9 of Article 4, that as there are no longer any parties registered for specific exemptions for the production and use of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for carpets, leather and apparel, textiles and upholstery, paper and packaging, coatings and coating additives and rubber and plastics, no new registrations may be made with respect to them (decision SC-7/1).
The next evaluation will be held at COP-9 in 2019.