The European Commission has launched a project “Study to Support the Review of Waste-related issues in Annexes IV and V of Regulation (EC) 850/2004“ (POP Regulation) to ensure coherent and effective implementation of the Union’s obligations under the Protocol to the regional UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
The Commission has assigned the execution of this project to Ramboll Environment & Health GmbH (former: BiPRO GmbH). Specific information is available on this project website.
The study aims at providing the Commission with the necessary scientific basis to propose amendments to the POP Regulation, due to the listing of new substances and to the review of limit values for substances already listed. In addition, the study shall provide guidance on how wastes containing the new POPs may be managed.
A common legal framework is established at EU level by the POP Regulation including waste related concentration limits for 14 POPs.
The conference of the parties decided to newly list Decabromodiphenylether (decaBDE) in Annex A, Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) in Annex A and Hexachlorobutadiene HCBD in annex C under the Stockholm Convention. New concentration limits for Decabromodiphenylether (decaBDE) must be established in the Annexes of the POP Regulation. Furthermore, additional substances are expected to be added to the list of POP substances during the next years. Therefore, concentration limits shall also be derived for the so called ‘candidate POPs’ i.e. dicofol, PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds as well as PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDF) were already listed in the POP regulation in 2006 and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in 2016. With a view to ensuring the adaptation to scientific and technical progress the Commission intends to examine the existing concentration limits for these POPs.