Evaluation

The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention evaluate (paragraph 5 of Part III of Annex B to the Convention) the continued need for PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for the various acceptable purposes and specific exemptions on the basis of available scientific, technical, environmental and economic information, including:

  1. Information provided in the national report;
  2. Information on the production and use of these chemicals;
  3. Information on the availability, suitability and implementation of alternatives to these chemicals:
  4. Information on progress in building the capacity of countries to transfer safely to reliance on such alternatives.

The process for the evaluation of the continued need for PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for the various acceptable purposes and specific exemptions was adopted at COP-6 in 2013 (decision SC-6/4).

The first evaluation was held at COP-7 in 2015. The Conference of the Parties concluded that parties may need to continue to produce and/or use PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for acceptable purposes as provided in Annex B to the Convention and consequently need to notify the Secretariat of their intention to produce and/or use those chemicals for those purposes (decision SC-7/5).

The Conference of the Parties noted, pursuant to paragraph 9 of Article 4, that as there are no longer any parties registered for specific exemptions for the production and use of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF for carpets, leather and apparel, textiles and upholstery, paper and packaging, coatings and coating additives and rubber and plastics, no new registrations may be made with respect to them (decision SC-7/1).

In its decision SC-8/5, the Conference of the Parties decided to undertake the next evaluation at its ninth meeting in 2019. In accordance with the process set out in decision SC-6/4 and the terms of reference agreed by the Committee (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.13/INF/9), the POPs Review Committee has developed a report on the assessment of alternatives to PFOS, its salts and PFOSF (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.14/INF/13) and recommendations on the continued need for various acceptable purposes and specific exemptions (decision POPRC-14/3). Based on the information provided in the fourth national reports pursuant to Article 15 the Secretariat prepared a draft report on the evaluation of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF (UNEP/POPS/POPRC.14/INF/9), which will be further revised for submission to the Conference of the Parties at its ninth meeting.