What are Persistent Organic Pollutants?

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are chemicals of global concern due to their potential for long-range transport, persistence in the environment, ability to bio-magnify and bio-accumulate in ecosystems, as well as their significant negative effects on human health and the environment.

POPs are regulated worldwide by the Stockholm Convention and the Aarhus Protocol. These international treaties are implemented in the European Union by the POPs Regulation.

The POPs Regulation aims to protect human health and the environment with specific control measures that:

  • Prohibit or severely restrict the production, placing on the market and use of POPs;
  • Minimize the environmental release of POPs that are formed as industrial by-products;
  • Make sure that stockpiles of restricted POPs are safely managed;
  • Ensure the environmentally sound disposal of waste consisting of, or contaminated by POPs.

Chemical substances that have been identified as POPs include:

  • Pesticides (such as DDT);
  • Plasticizer, Flame retardants (SCCPs & HBCDD)
  • Industrial chemicals (such as polychlorinated biphenyls, which were widely used in electrical equipment);
  • Unintentional by-products formed during industrial processes, degradation or combustion (such as dioxins and furans).

Under the POPs Regulation, we help to identify and propose new POPs from the EU to the Stockholm Convention.

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