Thirteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.13)

Rome, Italy, from 17 to 20 October 2017

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

Highlights

The thirteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-13) was held from 17 to 20 October 2017 at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. POPRC-13 was organized back-to-back with the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention, convening at the same venue from 23 to 27 October 2017.

At its thirteenth meeting, the Committee adopted the risk management evaluation on dicofol and recommended to the Conference of the Parties (COP) that it consider listing it in Annex A to the Convention without specific exemptions. It also adopted the risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds and recommended to the COP that it consider listing the chemicals in Annex A or B to the Convention with the specific exemptions specified in the decision. Further work is expected by the Committee intersessionally and at its fourteenth meeting to define the need for possible specific exemptions for certain additional applications and to evaluate their unintentional releases in the view of strengthening its recommendation to the COP.

The Committee agreed that perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds met the screening criteria in Annex D and established an intersessional working group to prepare a draft risk profile. On PFOS, its salts and PFOSF, the Committee adopted the terms of reference for the assessment of alternatives to the chemicals, in accordance with the process for the evaluation of these chemicals pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of part III of Annex B to the Convention. It also discussed a report on activities for effective participation in the work of the Committee and adopted the workplan for the intersessional period between the thirteenth and fourteenth meetings of the Committee.

Working Documents

 

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/1Provisional agenda63.03 K103.6 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/1/Add.1Annotations to the provisional agenda70.04 K116.01 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/2Draft risk management evaluation: dicofol224.28 K787.61 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/3Draft risk management evaluation pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds334.75 K542.9 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/4Proposal to list perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 355-46-4, PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants 227.65 K459.56 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/5Process for the evaluation of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of part III of Annex B to the Stockholm Convention67 K104.44 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/6Workplan for the intersessional period between the thirteenth and fourteenth meetings of the Committee69.74 K106.74 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting103.25 K485.75 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7/Add.1Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting: risk management evaluation on dicofol183.9 K765.13 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7/Add.2Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting: risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds267.2 K740.88 K

Information Documents

 

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/1Scenario note for the thirteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee66.05 K206.11 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/2Tentative schedule for the meeting85.88 K34.25 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/3/Rev.1Newly appointed members of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee and forthcoming rotation of the membership in May 2018111.76 K144.64 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/4Outcomes of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention relevant to the work of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee126.45 K177.97 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/5Comments and responses relating to the draft risk management evaluation on dicofol194.45 K383.71 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/6Supporting information related to the draft risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds422.5 K656.03 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/6/Add.1Supporting information related to the draft risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds: non-exhaustive lists of substances covered and not covered by the draft risk management evaluation632.33 K359.75 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/7Comments and responses relating to the draft risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds378.96 K951.62 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/8Verification of whether the proposal to list perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 355-46-4, PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Convention contains the information specified in Annex D to the Convention70.77 K50.03 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/9Draft terms of reference for the assessment of alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride103.11 K103.37 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/10/Rev.1Report on activities for effective participation in the work of the Committee84.93 K46.48 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/11Outlines for risk profiles and risk management evaluations79.58 K53.48 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/12List of pre-session documents by agenda item77.04 K39.92 K
UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/13List of participants108.01 K87.87 K

Meeting Report

 

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UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting103.25 K485.75 K
 
 
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I. Opening of the meeting

1. The thirteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee was held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, from 17 to 20 October 2017. The Chair of the Committee, Ms. Estefania Moreira (Brazil), was unable to attend the meeting and, in accordance with rule 24 of the rules of procedure of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which apply mutatis mutandis, if the Chair is temporarily absent from a meeting or any part thereof, she or he shall designate the Vice-Chair to act as Chair. However, Mr. Zaigham Abbas (Pakistan), who had previously been elected by the Committee as its Vice-Chair and who would have chaired the meeting in the absence of Ms. Moreira, had been replaced by his Government as a member of the Committee. Consequently, the Committee decided to elect Ms. Maria Delvin (Sweden) as the new Vice-Chair. In accordance with the terms of reference of the Committee set out in decision SC-1/7 and the rules of procedure, Ms. Delvin would serve as Chair of the current meeting in the absence of Ms. Moreira. The Committee also agreed that Mr. Agus Haryono (Indonesia) would act as Rapporteur for the meeting.

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7/Add.1Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting: risk management evaluation on dicofol183.9 K765.13 K
 
 
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Addendum

Risk management evaluation on dicofol

At its thirteenth meeting, by its decision POPRC-13/2, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted a risk management evaluation on dicofol on the basis of the draft contained in the note by the Secretariat (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/2), as revised during the meeting. The text of the risk management evaluation as adopted is set out in the annex to the present addendum. It has not been formally edited.

UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/7/Add.2Report of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee on the work of its thirteenth meeting: risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds267.2 K740.88 K
 
 
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Addendum

Risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds

At its thirteenth meeting, by its decision POPRC-13/2, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee adopted a risk management evaluation on pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds on the basis of the draft contained in the note by the Secretariat (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/3), as revised during the meeting. The text of the risk management evaluation as adopted is set out in the annex to the present addendum. It has not been formally edited.

Decisions

 

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POPRC-13/1Dicofol15.84 K172.43 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

Having concluded in its decision POPRC-10/3 that dicofol fulfils the criteria set out in Annex D to the Stockholm Convention, Having evaluated the risk profile for dicofol adopted by the Committee at its twelfth meeting in accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 8 of the Convention,

POPRC-13/2Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds17.96 K100.58 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

Having concluded in its decision POPRC-11/4 that pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid) meets the criteria set out in Annex D to the Stockholm Convention, Having evaluated the risk profile for pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (CAS No: 335-67-1, PFOA, perfluorooctanoic acid), its salts and PFOA-related compounds adopted by the Committee at its twelfth meeting in accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 8 of the Convention,

POPRC-13/3Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 355-46-4, PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds28.69 K135.32 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

Having examined the proposal by Norway to list perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 355-46-4, PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and having applied the screening criteria specified in Annex D to the Convention, 1. Decides, in accordance with paragraph 4 (a) of Article 8 of the Convention, that it is satisfied that the screening criteria have been fulfilled for perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (CAS No: 355-46-4, PFHxS) as described in the evaluation contained in the annex to the present decision;

POPRC-13/4Process for the evaluation of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of part III of Annex B to the Stockholm Convention13.53 K9.94 K
 
 
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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee,

1. Decides to establish an intersessional working group to undertake, in accordance with the revised schedule set out in the annex to decision SC-7/5, the activities specified in the process set out in the annex to decision SC-6/4 for the evaluation of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of part III of Annex B to the Convention; 2. Agrees to work in accordance with the terms of reference for the assessment of alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride set out in the annex to document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/9

Working languages

The working languages of the meeting are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Practical information

Preparatory meeting

In accordance with its terms of reference, the Committee will meet in closed session on Tuesday, 17 October at 8:30 a.m. in Philippines Room to discuss any issues related to conflicts of interest of Committee members.

Meeting Documents

  • Meeting Report
  • Decisions
  • Working Documents
  • Information Documents

Webinars

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

The objective of this online briefing is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the thirteenth meetings of the CRC and POPRC.

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 
Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

The online briefing provided an overview of the issues that were considered at the meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the Chemical Review Committee (CRC), held, respectively, on 17-20 October 2017 and 23-27 October 2017, in Rome, Italy..

Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Briefing on the thirteenth meetings of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 

Media

POPRC-13: ENB daily coverage

POPRC-13: ENB daily coverage

Coverage of the POPRC-13 by the IISD and its Earth Negotiations Bulletin

DSC_0144  POPRC-13: photo gallery on flickr
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Press Release: UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

The Rotterdam and Stockholm scientific subsidiary bodies’ meetings - CRC13 and POPRC13 - successfully concluded recently in Rome, and the official Press Release is now online.

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