Questionnaire for Member State Authorities

1. Information

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[1], 2011[2] and 2019[3]) 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[4], 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).

This questionnaire is intended for public authorities in EU Member States.

Separate questionnaires are available for:
  • Industry associations representing waste management companies;
  • Waste management companies;
  • Industry associations representing users of secondary raw materials;
  • NGOs and other stakeholders; and
  • Manufacturers of sampling/analysis equipment.

The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is 15 June 2020.

The questionnaire consists of the following parts:
  • Part A:  About your organisation;
  • Part B:  Waste management operators;
  • Part C:  Relevant waste streams and presence of POPs;
  • Part D:  Enforcement of existing legislation;
  • Part E:  Impacts of the different LPCL options; and
  • Part F:  Further communication.

[1]     BiPRO (2005): Study to facilitate the implementation of certain waste related provisions
of the Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Available at:

[2]     BiPRO (2011):  Study on waste related issues of newly listed POPs and candidate POPs.  Available at: 

[3]     Ramboll Environment & Health GmbH (2019): Study to support the Review of Waste Related Issues in Annexes IV and V of Regulation (EC) 850/2004.   

[4]     Tetrabromodiphenyl ether, pentabromodiphenyl ether, hexabromodiphenyl ether, heptabromodiphenyl and decabromodiphenyl ether