Various guidance documents have been developed to support Parties in developing their NIPs. These documents either provide general guidance for the process of developing, reviewing or updating a NIP, or focus on more specific phases of the process, such as building inventories for certain POPs or using Best available techniques or Best environmental practices (BAT/BEP) during the implementation phase of the NIP.
Parties are encouraged to use the available guidance and are invited to provide comments to improve their usefulness (SC-7/10). The requests for information can be accessed here. The comments received for decision SC-6/10 are available here; for decision SC-6/12 here and for decision SC-7/10 here. A process is underway to reflect the comments received in the relevant guidance documents by the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties in April 2017.
NIP development, review and update:
Guidance for Developing a National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Draft guidance on calculation of action plan costs for specific POPs
Draft guidance on Socio-Economic Assessment for National Implementation Plan Development and Implementation under the Stockholm Convention
Draft guidance for the inventory of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Draft guidance for the inventory of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Guidance for the inventory, identification and substitution of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
Draft guidance on sampling, screening and analysis of persistent organic pollutants in products and articles
Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals
Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the recycling and waste disposal of articles containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Draft guidance for the control of the import and export of POPs
Labelling of products or articles that contain POPs-initial considerations
More history about the development of the Guidance documents is available below:
In decision SC-1/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to adopt the Guidance for assisting countries in the preparation of national implementation plans. In decision SC-4/9, the COP requested the Secretariat to identify any additional guidance that might be required to assist Parties in their implementation of the Convention. In response to this request and as a follow up to decision SC-5/14, the Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility has updated relevant existing guidance and developed new guidance to assist parties in the process of developing, reviewing and updating National Implementation Plans under the Convention.
The development of the guidance was accompanied by different activities to ensure that the documents being developed addressed the needs of Parties, were practical, user friendly, applicable and technically and scientifically correct. Three pilots were undertaken in close collaboration with two Stockholm Convention Regional Centres (Czech Republic and India). The pilot testing included the use, thorough review and feedback of the guidance documents as well as a workshop. The countries where the guidance document were pilot tested are Serbia, Nigeria and India. A peer-reviewing process was part of the development of the guidance.
In decisions SC-6/12 and SC-7/10, the COPs once again requested Parties and others to send comments on existing guidance, and thanks to funding from the European Union, these will be reflected in revised guidance that will be produced for the next Conference of the Parties in 2017.