How does the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) review chemicals?

The POPRC reviews proposals submitted by Parties for listing new chemicals in accordance with Article 8 of the Convention.

1. Submission of proposal for listing a chemical
Any Party may submit a proposal to the Secretariat for listing a chemical in Annexes A, B, and/or C of the Convention. The Secretariat verifies that the proposal contains information specified in and forwards it to the POPRC for consideration.

2. Screening phase
The POPRC examines the proposal and applies the screening criteria in Annex D.

3. Risk profile
If the POPRC is satisfied that the screening criteria have been fulfilled, it invites Parties and observers to submit information specified in Annex E and develop a risk profile.
Based on the risk profile, the POPRC makes decision on whether the chemical is likely, as a result of its long-range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects such that global action is warranted.

4. Risk management evaluation
If the POPRC decides that the proposal shall proceed, it invites Parties and observers to submit information related to the socio-economic considerations specified in Annex F and develops a risk management evaluation.

On the basis of the risk profile and risk management evaluation, the POPRC recommends whether the chemical should be considered by the Conference of the Parties for listing in Annexes A, B and/or C.

5. Decision on listing of the chemical in Annex A, B, and/or C
The Conference of the Parties, taking due account of the recommendations of the POPRC, including any scientific uncertainty, shall decide, in a precautionary manner, whether to list the chemical, and specify its related control measures, in Annexes A, B and/or C.