Invitation to submit comments on draft guidance<br/> document on alternatives to PFOS and derivatives

At its fourth meeting, held in May 2009, the Conference of the Parties decided to amend Annex B of the Convention to list perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOS-F).

In light of this amendment and in response to the needs expressed by Parties, the POPs Review Committee has established an intersessional working group to develop guidance on alternatives to PFOS and its derivatives. The outline of the guidance was agreed at the fifth meeting of the Committee in October 2009 and is contained in annex V to the report of the meeting (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.5/10).

In accordance with the workplan agreed in decision POPRC-5/2, the intersessional working group has developed a draft guidance document on Alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its derivatives.

A letter inviting review and submission of technical comments, as well as the draft guidance document were sent from the Secretariat to the Official Contact Points and National Focal Points.

Letter of invitation to submit comments on the
draft guidance document on alternatives
(6 April 2010)
Draft guidance document on Alternatives to
perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its derivatives

for technical comments


Parties and observers are invited to review and provide technical comments on the draft  document to the POPs Review Committee by 31 May 2010.

Submissions are most appreciated in electronic files by e-mail to and  Should this not be possible, submissions can be sent by fax (+41 22) 917 8098), or as hard copy documents, by post mail to:

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention
Att: POPs Review Committee
Ms. Kei Ohno
United Nations Environment Programme
11-13 chemin des Anemones
CH-1219, Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland

For further information regarding this invitation or to receive hard copies of the documents, please contact Ms. Kei Ohno (e-mail:; telephone +41 22 917 8201).