Stockholm Convention and PFOA

Question: What are the Stockholm Convention and the Conference of the Parties (COP 9)? What is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)?

Answer: The Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, known as COP 9, is the most recent conference in which decisions pertaining to the Stockholm Convention were addressed. It took place from April 29–May 10, 2019. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty that is meant to encourage the elimination or restriction of the production and use of persistent organic pollutants.

Once substances are formally listed in the Stockholm Convention, signatory countries are obliged to restrict it within their national or regional hazardous chemical regulations, such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in the EU. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), including its salts and related compounds, was one of the two substances proposed for listing at the COP 9 meeting. 

This information is accurate as of July 5, 2019.

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