Fifteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.15)

Rome, Italy, from 1 to 4 October 2019

Venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.

Highlights

The fifteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-15) was held from 1 to 4 October 2019 at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. POPRC-15 was organized back-to-back with the fifteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, convening at the same venue from 8 to 10 October 2019.

At its fifteenth meeting, the Committee adopted the risk management evaluation on perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds and recommended to the Conference of the Parties that it consider listing the chemicals in Annex A to the Convention without specific exemptions. The Committee also agreed that Dechlorane Plus and Methoxychlor met the screening criteria in Annex D moving those chemicals to the next review stage requiring a draft risk profile, that includes information requirements as specified in Annex E to the Convention, to be prepared by intersessional working groups established for this purpose.

The Committee also agreed to establish intersessional working groups on decabromodiphenyl ether and on short-chain chlorinated paraffins to undertake the activities specified in paragraph 5 of decisions SC-8/13 and SC-8/14, on review of information related to specific exemptions for these chemicals, and adopted the workplans for the intersessional period between the fifteenth and sixteenth meetings of the Committee.

The Committee’s sixteenth meeting is scheduled to take place from 14 to 18 September 2020 (the exact duration of the meeting is to be determined).

Working languages: The working languages of the meeting were Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Meeting documents

  • Working documents
  • Information documents

Preparatory meeting

In accordance with its terms of reference, the Committee met in closed session on Tuesday, 1 October at 9:00 a.m. in Philippines Room to discuss any issues related to conflicts of interest of Committee members.

Webinars

Outcomes of the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee

The online briefings will provide an overview of the outcomes of the fifteenth meetings of the Stockholm Convention POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC), held respectively, on 1-4 October 2019 and 8-10 October 2019, in Rome, Italy.

Outcomes of the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee

Outcomes of the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee
 
Briefing on the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered at the forthcoming meetings of the Stockholm Convention POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC), to be held respectively on 1 to 4 October 2019 and 8 to 10 October 2019, in Rome, Italy.

Briefing on the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee

Briefing on the fifteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee and the Chemical Review Committee
 

Media

POPRC-15: ENB daily coverage

Coverage of the POPRC-15 by the IISD and its Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Press Release: Stockholm Convention POPRC experts recommend elimination of PFHxS

Perfluorohehexane sulfonic acid, its salts, and PFHxS-related compounds, were recommended for listing without exceptions as the POPRC-15 meeting in Rome concluded successfully on 4 October 2019.

   POPRC-15: photo gallery on flickr

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