Invitation to submit information on chemical and non-chemical alternatives to endosulfan

Having amended the Stockholm Convention to list endosulfan in Annex A, the Conference of the Parties adopted decision SC-5/4 to undertake a work programme to support the development and deployment of alternatives to endosulfan.

The first step in the work programme is to collect information from Parties and observers on chemical and non-chemical alternatives to endosulfan with respect to the following elements: 

(a) Technical feasibility; 
(b) Health and environmental effects; 
(c) Cost-effectiveness; 
(d) Efficacy; 
(e) Risk, taking into account the characteristics of potential persistent organic pollutants as specified in Annex D to the Convention; 
(f) Availability; 
(g) Accessibility; 
(h) Any other available information.

The information gathered will be used by the POPs Review Committee to assess the alternatives to endosulfan, to identify potential gaps and to report to the Conference of the Parties at its sixth meeting. 

Invitation letter and form to submit the information

A letter and form were sent from the Secretariat to the National Focal Points (NFPs) and Official Contact Points (OCPs). They are available for download below:

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Invitation to submit information on chemical and
non-chemical alternatives to endosulfan

Form for submission of information 

Where feasible, the form should be completed including precise references for the data sources. If the information is not readily available in the public literature, the original source of the information to the submission may be attached to the form.

Parties and observers are invited to complete the form and submit it to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, no later than 31 July 2011. Information in other United Nations official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) should be submitted by 15 July 2011.

The information should be submitted preferably by e-mail ( to:

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention
Att: POPs Review Committee
United Nations Environment Programme
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219, Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41 (22) 917 8098

If you have any questions regarding this request or you would like to receive hard copies of the documents from the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Kei Ohno (e-mail:; telephone +41 22 917 8201).