Updating and or Development of Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes Consisting of, Containing or Contaminated with Persistent Organic Pollutants

By decision BC-13/4, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted the General technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants, and specific technical guidelines that had been updated or prepared to address the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C to the Stockholm Convention at SC COP-7. The adopted technical guidelines are available at the COP-13 webpage (documents UNEP/CHW.13/6/Add.1/Rev.1 to Add.6/Rev.1 and also at the Publications page (on technical guidelines).

Following BC-13/4 decision, Parties and others were invited to:

  • use the guidelines and provide comments on them;
  • provide comments on the provisional low persistent organic pollutant content values included in the technical guidelines;
  • provide information on the low persistent organic pollutant content values applied at the national level.

General comments or queries should be sent to Ms. Carla Valle-Klann, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (Email: carla.valle@brsmeas.org, Tel: +41 22 917 86 86)

Work following COP-13

Following BC-13/4 decision, the SIWG on POP wastes has been working on the new and updated technical guidelines since September 2017. The group agreed on a workplan until the Basel Convention COP in April/May 2019.

The work in progress of the SIWG can be followed through its meetings and the versions of the guidelines being developed and updated (December 2017 versions, March 2018 versions).

Information submitted on low persistent organic pollutant content values (LPC) is available on the website.  

Information on the meetings of the SIWG are also available on the website.

At the eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, by its decision OEWG-11/3, the Working group invited comments from Parties and others by 15 February 2019 on the draft technical guidelines to be prepared after the OEWG-11 meeting. These new versions should be based on the comments received and developed in consultation with the SIWG. The documents will be prepared for the consideration of the COP-14 in 2019, and will be made available at the COP webpage

The comments received as per decision OEWG-11/3 are available on the website.

Previous comments and versions of the technical guidelines can be found in the archive page