Draft guidance on sampling, screening and analysis of persistent organic pollutants in products and articles (2013)

Scope

This document provides guidance on monitoring (sampling, screening and analysis) of the POPs content in articles and products in use and in the recycling streams for those POPs listed in 2009 and 2011.

Guidance is provided:

  • On articles and products possibly containing the POPs listed in 2009 and 2011;
  • To develop strategies for monitoring of POPs in articles/products and recycling streams;
  • On inventory development aspects such as determining emission/impact factors;
  • For import control and possible monitoring at customs or at consumer protection level;
  • For the assessment of human exposure through articles in use and through recycled materials.

Main target audience

This document will be of use to national Stockholm Convention focal points, the project coordination unit implementing the NIP review and update project and the different task teams responsible for conducting inventories and developing action plans for POPs listed in 2009 and 2011. It will also be of interest to other stakeholders concerned with sampling and screening of POPs in products and articles, such as customs or health officers.

Latest version of the Guidance (February 2013)

Review of the Guidance

The process for the review of the guidance was initiated by decision SC-7/10 on Implementation plans, which requested the Secretariat to continue, subject to availability of resources, to update the guidance on the basis of comments received from Parties and others by 31 March 2016. The request for information pursuant to decision SC-7/10 can be accessed here. The comments received to date on the draft guidance are available here.

Comments received (as of 31 March 2016)

List of comments and responses on the Draft guidance on sampling, screening and analysis of persistent organic pollutants in products and articles (2013)