Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

A complete list of OSPAR Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements can be found here

Work to implement the OSPAR Convention and its strategies is taken forward through the adoption of decisions, which are legally binding on the Contracting Parties, recommendations and other agreements. Decisions and recommendations set out actions to be taken by the Contracting Parties. These measures are complemented by other agreements setting out:

  • issues of importance;
  • agreed programmes of monitoring, information collection or other work which the Contracting Parties commit to carry out;
  • guidelines or guidance setting out the way that any programme or measure should be implemented;
  • actions to be taken by the OSPAR Commission on behalf of the Contracting Parties.

OSPAR 2010 reviewed the applicability of Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements within the framework of the OSPAR Convention and agreed that a number of measures could be considered as fulfilled or overtaken by measures adopted at national level or within other forums and therefore not followed by OSPAR anymore. As a consequence, while being set aside, they are retained as part of OSPAR’s ‘acquis’. The list of these measures together with an explanation of why they have been set aside is at Annex 5 to OSPAR 10/23/1. Further reviews are undertaken regularly and as a result:

  • OSPAR 2018 agreed to set aside Agreement 2006-04 on the application of the EcoQO system and Agreement 2011-01 on a Voluntary Marine Beach Litter Monitoring Programme.
  • OSPAR 2019 agreed to set aside OSPAR Recommendations 2000/1 and 2000/2.
  • OSPAR 2020 agreed to set aside PARCOM Decision 90/3 and PARCOM Decision 95/1.

Found 381 Decs, Recs & Ags:

Rules of Procedure of the OSPAR Commission

Adopted:
Gothenburg, 2013
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-02e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (superseded Recommendation 2016/4 from 1 January 2018)

Adopted:
Cork, 2017
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for marine monitoring and assessment of beach litter

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
Agreement 2020-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2012/5 for a risk-based approach to the Management of Produced Water Discharges from Offshore Installations

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2011/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/4, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for monitoring and assessment of marine litter ingested by sea turtles

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
Agreement 2020-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Joint Harmonised Procedure for the Contracting Parties of HELCOM and OSPAR on the granting of exemptions under International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, Regulation A-4 (Replaces Agreement 2015-01)

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
Agreement 2020-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2001/01, as amended

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01, amended by Recommendation 2019-04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3 on Environmental Goals for the Discharge by the Offshore Industry of Chemicals that Are, or Which Contain Substances Identified as Candidates for Substitution, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006-03, as amended by Recommendation 2019-02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (takes effect from 1 January 2020)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-04e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3 on Environmental Goals for the Discharge by the Offshore Industry of Chemicals that Are, or Which Contain Substances Identified as Candidates for Substitution

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the Implementation of Sustainability Education Programmes for Fishers

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) (as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2014/17)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: PH3 Changes in Plankton Diversity. (English only)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-07e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: PH2 “Changes in Phytoplankton Biomass and Zooplankton Abundance” (English only)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-06e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Guidance on the Development of Status Assessments for the OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats (English only)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-05e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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General consultation procedures for establishing Marine Protected Areas in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction of the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-09e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines on the reduction of marine litter through Sustainability Education Programmes for fishers

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-08e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Guidance on the Production of the Quality Status Report 2023. Update 2020

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines for the Preparation of draft OSPAR Decisions, Recommendations and other Arrangements Draft OSPAR Background Documents and Other Reports. Replaces Agreement 2004-01

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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Guidelines for the revision of the OSPAR list of threatened and/or declining species and habitats and associated documents. This Agreement replaces Agreement 2016-02

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Criteria for the Identification of Species and Habitats in need of Protection and their Method of Application (Texel-Faial Criteria) - Replaces Agreement 2003-13

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
Agreement 2019-03e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF), as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and Recommendation 2019/3. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3, as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and 2019/3. Consolidated text
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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MoU between the IMO and OSPAR on the promotion of the London Convention and London Protocol

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-10e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities
Language:
English
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