Questionnaire for NGOs and academia

A consortium comprising RPA Europe, Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA), INERIS, and Bio Innovation Service has been contracted by the European Commission (DG Environment) to prepare an Impact Assessment study to support the preparation of a legislative proposal to amend Annexes IV and V of the Regulation (EU) No 2019/1021 (hereinafter the POP Regulation).

This study builds on existing information on the current situation (which includes three previous studies commissioned by DG Environment published in 2005 , 2011 and 2019 ) and comprises the following tasks:
  • Task 1: Update of the information on the mass flows of POP substances;
  • Task 2: Assessment of the 2005 WHO Toxic Equivalency Factor (TEF) values for dioxin-like (dl) PCBs;
  • Task 3: Survey of sampling and analytical methods for the determination of the concentrations of PBDE, HBCDD and SCCP in waste;
  • Task 4: Impact assessment of potential changes to Annex IV of the POPs Regulation - Low POP Content Limit (LPCL) options for eight POP substances/substance groups; and
  • Task 5: Recommendations and analysis of uncertainties.

The following substances/substance groups are within the scope of this study:
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) already included in Annex IV of the POPs Regulation , with particular focus on decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE);
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD);
  • Alkanes C10-C13, chloro (short-chain chlorinated paraffins) (SCCPs);
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds;
  • Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds;
  • Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD & PCDF);
  • Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and its salts and esters; and
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) (differentiating between dioxin-like (dl) PCBs and non-dioxin like (ndl) PCBs).
The purpose of this consultation is to collect additional information on the baseline situation and the impacts of the different LPCL options.

This questionnaire is intended for NGOs, academia and other independent stakeholders.

Separate questionnaires are available for:
  • a) associations representing waste management companies;
  • b) industry associations representing users of secondary raw materials;
  • c) Member State authorities, and
  • d) waste management (sorting, disposal and recovery) companies.
The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is 15 June 2020.

The questionnaire consists of five parts:
  • Part A: About your organisation;
  • Part B: Relevant waste streams and presence of POPs;
  • Part C: Sampling & analytical methods;
  • Part D: Impacts of the different LPCL options; and
  • Part E: Further communication.
If you have any questions about this study, please contact or +44 (0)1508 528 465.