Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 2009.
The guidance provides a general description of the issues to be considered in identifying and evaluating alternatives to listed persistent organic pollutants and candidate chemicals included in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It is intended for use by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee and by Parties when considering the listing of new persistent organic pollutants. It may also be useful for manufacturers or users of listed persistent organic pollutants and candidate chemicals in identifying and deploying alternatives.
The steps to be followed in the identification and evaluation of alternatives are:
Assessment of risks related to alternatives
Very reliable method due to the wide variety of parameters assessed and its highly reliable sources of information that should be consulted.
The guidance allows the assessment of chemical and non chemical alternatives (alternative processes or technologies). Most suitable for use for policy decisions. It is applicable only to chemical hazards and risks.
The guidance requires expertise and dedication to obtain the necessary information.
The guidance requires specific training since it becomes necessary to consult databases and scientific literature. Not suitable for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The guidance is available in several languages and free of charge at the Stockholm Convention website.
Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) Documents