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:

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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PARCOM Decision 95/3 on Discharge and Emission Limit Values for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Kraft Pulp Industry.This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 95/2 on Discharge and Emission Limit Values for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Sulphite Paper Pulp Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 95/1 on the Phasing Out of Short-Chained Chlorinated Paraffins. This measure has been set aside - see OSPAR 20/12/1, paragraph 9.22

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines on standard methodology for the use of oiled beached birds as indicators of marine oil pollution

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 1995-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/1 on Best Available Techniques for New Aluminium Electrolysis Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/7 on the Elaboration of National Action Plans and Best Environmental Practice (BEP) for the Reduction of Inputs to the Environment of Pesticides from Agricultural Use (Luxembourg lifted its reservation in 2003)

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/7
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/8 Concerning Environmental Impact Resulting from Discharges of Radioactive Substances

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/8
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/6 on Best Environmental Practice (BEP) for the Reduction of Inputs of Potentially Toxic Chemicals from Aquaculture Use (Belgium lifted its reservation in 2003)

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/6
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/5 on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for Wet Processes in the Textile Processing Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/4 on Best Available Techniques for the Organic Chemical Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/3 on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Kraft Pulp Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/2 on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Sulphite Paper Pulp Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 94/9 Concerning the Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1994, Karlskrona
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 94/9
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 93/1 on the Limitation of Pollution from Existing Primary Iron and Steel Production Installations (Spain lifted its reservation in 2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1993, Berlin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 93/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 93/2 on Further Restrictions on the Discharge of Mercury from Dentistry

Adopted:
1993, Berlin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 93/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 93/5 Concerning Increases in Radioactive Discharges from Nuclear Reprocessing Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1993, Berlin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 93/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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