Invitation to submit additional information related to application of Annex D criteria in the regulatory and assessment schemes of chemicals (Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4)

Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 3 of the Stockholm Convention requires Parties that have regulatory and assessment schemes for new or existing pesticides or industrial chemicals to take into consideration the criteria contained in Annex D to the Convention when regulating or assessing the chemicals. 

To facilitate initial discussions at the sixth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-6), the Secretariat invited Parties and observers, in June 2010, to provide information on this matter.  Information was submitted by 36 Parties and one observer, a summary of which was presented at the POPRC-6 as document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.6/INF/17/Rev.1.

At POPRC-6, held from 10 to 15 October 2010, the Committee decided, through decision POPRC-6/10 that the submitted information was useful and that it could be further revised with additional information received before 31 December 2010.

Invitation letter

The Secretariat has sent a letter, together with document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.6/INF/17/Rev.1 and questionnaires, to Official Contact Points (OCPs), National Focal Points (NFPs) and observers to the Stockholm Convention. The documents are available for download below:

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Invitation to submit additional information related to the application of Annex D criteria in the regulatory and assessment schemes of chemicals as provided in paragraphs 3 and 4 of Article 3 of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (letter dated 10 November 2010)
Annex I Reference: excerpts from the text of the Stockholm Convention (included in document)
Compilation of submitted information relevant to implementation of paragraphs 3 and 4 in Article 3 of the Convention
(document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.6/INF/17/Rev.1)

Questionnaire for Parties

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Annex II - Questionnaire for Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Questionnaire for observers

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Annex III - Questionnaire for observers

How to submit the information

Parties and observers are invited to review document UNEP/POPS/POPRC.6/INF/17/Rev.1 and provide any corrections or additional information, before 31 December 2010, as listed below:

  1. Whether their national regulation or policy as well as assessment schemes for new and existing chemicals have a system for identifying chemicals with POPs properties in accordance with the criteria specified in paragraph 1 of Annex D to the Convention; and
  2. If they do, 

i) What are the criteria for identifying POPs?
ii) Which chemicals have been identified under this scheme?
iii) What measures have been taken to address the production and use of those chemicals?

The information will be presented at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, which will take place from 25 to 29 April 2010.

For submissions of additional information, please use the relevant questionnaire (Annex II for Parties or Annex III for observers).

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 please contact Ms. Kei Ohno (e-mail:; telephone +41 22 917 8201).