Guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention

Scope

The Convention prohibits the production and use of PFOS and its related chemicals except in certain applications or as intermediate in the production of chemicals used in these applications. Parties that produce and/or use PFOS have to register with the Secretariat of the Convention and should take into account guidance on BAT and BEP. Parties were encouraged by the Conference of the Parties to implement recommendations on risk reduction for PFOS, its salts and PFOS-F that relate to the different stages in the life cycle of PFOS and processes and materials containing PFOS. This guidance document has been developed to guide Parties in adequately addressing the risks of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its related substances.

Main target audience

Staff responsible for developing management plans for the application of BAT and BEP for the production and use of PFOS and technical staff involved in their implementation.

Guidance

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Guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention, updated January 2017 (re-issued for technical reasons in March 2017)

Previous versions of the guidance

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Draft revised guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention, January 2015

Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention, July 2012

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Review of the Guidance

The process for the review and update of the guidelines and guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices has been initiated by decision SC-6/10 and is conducted by the experts nominated by parties and others through the joint Toolkit and best available techniques and best environmental practices expert roster . The comments received to date on this guidance document are available here.