Stockholm Convention

The Stockholm Convention is an international treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which persist in ecosystems around the world and accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife.

The United Nations describes persistent organic pollutants (POPs) as:
… chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment. With the evidence of long-range transport of these substances to regions where they have never been used or produced and the consequent threats they pose to the environment of the whole globe, the international community has now, at several occasions called for urgent global actions to reduce and eliminate releases of these chemicals.

The Convention came into force in 2004 and requires parties to take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of persistent organic pollutants into the environment. To ensure Australian compliance with this treaty, NICNAS must give due consideration to Stockholm criteria in all of its new and existing chemical assessments (the pollutants' criteria in Annex D of the Convention).

We provide input on health hazards and risks into briefs on industrial chemicals being discussed at the Stockholm Convention's meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) and Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC).

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Last update 5 February 2020