SGS Publishes SafeGuardS Covering UK Proposals to Update POPs Regulation

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the United Kingdom is currently holding a consultation over proposed revisions to its Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation.

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation on proposals to update retained Regulation (EU) 2019/2012, as amended by:
– POPs (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020/1358
– POPs (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022/1293 

The consultation will run from March 2, 2023, to April 27, 2023.

These proposals relate to:
– Changes to the Stockholm Convention
– Review of the POPs Regulation held in 2022
– Scientific or technical progress

Proposed changes to Annex I of the POPs Regulation include:
– Removing existing specific exemptions for four POPs:
1) Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds
2) Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS)
3) Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs, alkanes C10-C13 chloro)
4) Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE, bis(pentabromophenyl) ether)
– Adding unintentional trace contaminant (UTC) exemptions for at least two POPs (hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and pentachlorophenol (PCP))
– Deleting and/or amending existing UTC exemptions for PFOA

Addition amendments include:
– Adding perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds to Annex I of the POPs Regulation
– Including Dechlorane Plus (DP), Methoxychlor and UV-328 through forthcoming or future legislative updates without further public consultation if they are adopted at a future Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention

Following Brexit, these proposed revisions will, if adopted, apply to England, Wales and Scotland.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420
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