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:

Memorandum of Understanding between European Environment Agency and OSPAR

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
Agreement 1998-22
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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The Protection and Conservation of the Ecosystems and Biological Diversity of the Maritime Area

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
Agreement 1998-15.1
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/5 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for the Vinyl Chloride Sector, Applying to the Manufacture of Suspension-PVC (s-PVC) from Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/5
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/3 on the Disposal of Disused Offshore Installations

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Meaning of certain concepts in Annex V to the 1992 OSPAR Convention

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
Agreement 1998-15.2
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/1 Concerning the status of Decisions and Recommendations and Other Agreements adopted under the former Oslo Convention and Paris Convention within the Framework of the OSPAR Convention

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines for the Dumping of Fish Waste from Land-Based Industrial Fish Processing Operations. Updated in 2010 to include a definition of fish waste

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
Agreement 1998-21
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 98/1 Concerning Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for the Primary Non-Ferrous Metal Industry (Zinc, Copper, Lead and Nickel Works). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 98/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/2 on Dumping of Radioactive Waste

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/4 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for the Manufacture of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) including the Manufacture of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/4
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 98/2 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for Existing Aluminium Electrolysis Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 98/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 97/2 on Measures to be Taken to Prevent or Reduce Emissions of Heavy Metals and Persistent Organic Pollutants Due to Large Combustion Plants ( > 50 MWth) (Reserves lifted: Portugal (1998) Spain (2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, London
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 97/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for the sampling and analysis of mercury in air and precipitation

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1997-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for General Biological Effects Monitoring. Revised technical annexes 2007

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1997-07
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 97/1 Concerning Reference Values for Effluent Discharges for Wet Processes in the Textile Processing Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 97/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Agreed Ecotoxicological Assessment Criteria for Trace Metals, PCBs, PAHs, TBT and some Organochlorine Pesticides. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1997-15
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Policy with regard to two-component coating systems containing PAHs

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1997-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidance note on the sampling and analysis of PCBs in air and precipitation

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1997-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 96/1 on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for Existing Aluminium Electrolysis Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 96/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 96/4 on the Phasing Out of the Use of One-Component Coal Tar Coating Systems for Inland Ships

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 96/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 96/3 Concerning Best Available Techniques for the Manufacture of Suspension-PVC from Vinyl Chloride Monomer. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 96/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 96/2 Concerning Best Available Techniques for the Manufacture of Vinyl Chloride Monomer. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 96/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 96/1 on the Phasing-Out of the Use of Hexachloroethane in the Non-Ferrous Metal Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 96/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 96/2 on the Phasing-Out of Processes Using Molecular Chlorine (Cl2) in the Bleaching of Kraft and Sulphite Pulp.This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 96/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Guidelines for Calculating Mineral Balances

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1995-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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