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POPRC Advances c-decaBDE and PCP to Next Stage of Review

poprc921 October 2013: The ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 9) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has concluded in Rome, Italy, with agreement to advance the commercial mixture of decabromodiphenyl ether (c-decaBDE) and pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters (PCP) to the next stages of review. Consensus to advance dicofol was blocked by one member.

POPRC 9 took place from 14-18 October 2013. It also adopted decisions on: chlorinated naphthalenes (CNs); hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD); the approach to the evaluation of chemicals in accordance with Annex E; guidance on how to assess the possible impact of climate change on the Committee's work; effective participation in the work of the POPRC; guidance on alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts, perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF) and their related chemicals; and the process for evaluation of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for acceptable uses.

POPRC 9 also established three intersessional working groups to address: PCP; the process for evaluation of PFOS, its salts and esters; and decaBDE. All of these working groups will report back at POPRC 10, which is scheduled to convene in October 2014.

In addition, the intersessional working group on short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) established at POPRC 2 and temporarily suspended after POPRC 8 will resume its work in this intersessional period, with the aim of reconsidering SCCPs at POPRC 11. [IISD RS Meeting Coverage] [Meeting Website] [UNEP Press Release]