Sweden has notified paraquat and metallic mercury as new substances to be included by the convention requirements for information.
According to the EU regulation implementing the convention, information on hazard (labelling and safety data sheets) must correspond to the requirements of the EU.
Endosulfan, alachlor och aldicarb included in the convention
The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convened from 20-24 June 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The parties agreed to include endosulfan, alachlor and aldicarb to the list of chemicals subject to the PIC procedure. Vietnam, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Kirgizistan and Canada opposed to include chrysotile asbestos in the list and the substance will, therefore, be discussed at the next conference of the parties.
The meeting also adopted decisions to continue cooperation with other conventions (synergies with the Stockholm and Basle conventions) but could still not agree on mechanisms and procedures for non-compliance but to continue work on this issue.
Meeting documentation to COP5
IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development), meeting report