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.

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Found 381 Decs, Recs & Ags:

Guidance on a common framework for the establishment of the monitoring strategies for each of the substances (or groups of substances) on the OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidelines for the Identification and Selection of Marine Protected Areas in the OSPAR Maritime Area. Update 2007 and 2016

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-17
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines on the Measurement of Atmospheric Inputs of PAHs. Update 2005

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Common OSPAR/EU Approach on Risk Assessment Methodology for the Marine Environment

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-20
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidance on Input Trend Assessment and the Adjustment of Loads. Revision 2017

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for Monitoring Contaminants in Sediments. Revised in 2018

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-16
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR List of Substances/Compounds Liable to Cause Taint. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Common Interpretation on which chemicals are covered and not covered by the Harmonised Mandatory Control System under OSPAR Decision 2000/2. Updated in 2008

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Further Guidance on the Assessment of the Toxicity of Substances under the Harmonised Pre-Screening Scheme of OSPAR Recommendation 2000/4

Adopted:
2002, Amsterdam
Reference Number:
Agreement 2002-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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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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