More about the POPs Regulation

POPs stand for Persistent Organic Pollutants. POPs are organic substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment. They can be transported by air, water or migratory species across international borders, reaching regions where they have never been produced or used. International risk management is necessary as no region can manage the risks posed by these substances alone.

POPs are regulated worldwide by the Stockholm Convention external linkand by the Aarhus Protocolexternal link. These legislations are implemented in the European Union by the POPs Regulation (EU) No 2019/1021.

The member countries decide for themselves the penalties for breach of the POPs Regulation. The Swedish provisions on penalties can be found in Chapter 29 of the Environmental Code.external link

Read more about the POPs Regulation on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) websiteexternal link

Last published 13 June 2020