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. Additionally, OSPAR 2018 agreed to set aside Agreement 2006-04 on the application of the EcoQO system. OSPAR 2019 agreed to set aside OSPAR Recommendations 2000/1 and 2000/2

Found 372 Decs, Recs & Ags:

Further Guidance on the Role of Marine Risk Assessment

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-19
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for the Estimation of Riverine PAH Inputs

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2002/1 on Discharge Limit Values for Existing Aluminium Electrolysis Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2002/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidelines for the Consideration of the Best Environmental Option for the Management of OPF-Contaminated Cuttings Residue

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines on Quality Assurance for Biological Monitoring in the OSPAR Area. Revised in 2018-19

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-15
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR List of Substances of Possible Concern. Update 2007.

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-17
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidance on How to Apply the Safety Net Procedure for the Inclusion of Substances in the OSPAR List of Substances of Possible Concern

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2001/1 for the Management of Produced Water from Offshore Installations. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2001/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Programme for the More Detailed Implementation of the OSPAR Strategy with regard to Radioactive Substances. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
Agreement 2001-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2001/1 on the Review of Authorisations for Discharges or Releases of Radioactive Substances from Nuclear Reprocessing Activities. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2001/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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Procedure for Publication of OSPAR Reports

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
Agreement 2001-13
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Agreement on those parts of the OSPAR Maritime Area to which the Comprehensive Procedure will be applied

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
Agreement 2001-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/2 on a Harmonised Mandatory Control System for the Use and Discharge of Offshore Chemicals (as amended by OSPAR Decision 2005/1)

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2000/3 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for the Manufacture of Emulsion PVC (e-PVC) from Vinyl Chloride Monomer. Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2000/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Staff Regulations of the Secretariat of the OSPAR Commission. Update 2018

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2000-14
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/1 on Substantial Reductions and Elimination of Discharges, Emissions and Losses of Radioactive Substances, with Special Emphasis on Nuclear Reprocessing

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2000/1 on Best Environmental Practice (BEP) for the Reduction of Inputs of Agricultural Pesticides to the Environment through the Use of Integrated Crop Management Techniques. This measure has been "set aside". See OSPAR 19/20/1, paragraph 12.4

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2000/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2000/2 on Best Environmental Practice (BEP) for the Use of Pesticides on Amenity Areas. This measure has been "set aside". See OSPAR 19/20/1, paragraph 12.4

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2000/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Working Procedures for Workshops

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2000-18
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Procedure for Committees to decide on issues of a technical or scientific nature and to adopt "other agreements" that have no budgetary consequences for OSPAR

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2000-17
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/3 on the Use of Organic-phase Drilling Fluids (OPF) and the Discharge of OPF-Contaminated Cuttings.

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Agreement of Cooperation between IMO and OSPAR - English only

Adopted:
1999, Kingston upon Hull
Reference Number:
Agreement 1999-15
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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Format and Procedures for Reporting Basic Information on National Monitoring Programmes in the Maritime Area. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1999, Kingston upon Hull
Reference Number:
Agreement 1999-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 99/1 on the Best Available Techniques for the Manufacture of Emulsion PVC (e-PVC). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1999, Kingston upon Hull
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 99/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for Monitoring Contaminants in Biota. Revision 2018

Adopted:
1999, Kingston upon Hull
Reference Number:
Agreement 1999-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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