At the end of January 2022, the 17th meeting of the persistent organic pollutants POPs review committee took place. Methoxychlor was recommended to be listed in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention for 2023.
The Committee also considered the risk profiles of the following substances, which will now be moved to the risk management evaluation:
UV-328 (UV-stabiliser and plastic additive)
Dechlorane Plus (flame retardant)
Three new proposals meet the screening criteria for POPs and will move forward to the risk profile stage for more assessment:
- chlorpyrifos, submitted by the European Union;
- chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths C14-17 and ≥45 % chlorine by weight (MCCP), submitted by the UK; and
- long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (LC-PFCA), their salts and related compounds, submitted by Canada.