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:

PARCOM Recommendation 93/4 on the Phasing Out of Cationic Detergents DTDMAC, DSDMAC and DHTDMAC in Fabric Softeners (UK lifted reservation in 2003)

Adopted:
1993, Berlin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 93/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/2 Concerning Limitation of Pollution from New 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:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/8 on Nonylphenol-Ethoxylates. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/8
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/7 on the Reduction of Nutrient Inputs from Agriculture into Areas Where these Inputs are Likely, Directly or Indirectly, to Cause Pollution (Luxembourg lifted its reservation in 2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/7
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/4 on the Reduction of Emissions from the Electroplating Industry (Spain lifted its reservation in 2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 92/3 on the Phasing Out of PCBs and Hazardous PCB Substitutes. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 92/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 92/1 on the Reduction of Discharges of Chlorinated Organic Substances from the Production of Bleached Kraft and Sulphite Pulp. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 92/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/5 on Best Available Technology in the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/1 on Best Available Technology for Plants Producing Anodes and for New Electrolysis Installations in the Primary Aluminium Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 92/3 Concerning Limitation of Pollution from New Secondary Steel Production and Rolling Mills. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 92/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Commission for Europe

Adopted:
1991, The Hague
Reference Number:
Agreement 1991-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 91/5 on the Disposal of Radioactive Wastes into Sub-Seabed Repositories Accessed from Land. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1991, The Hague
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 91/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 91/3 on Measures to be Taken and Investigations to be Carried out in order to Reduce Pollution from Secondary Iron and Steel Production. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1991, The Hague
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 91/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 91/2 on the Definition of Best Available Technology in the Primary Iron and Steel Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1991, The Hague
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 91/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Quality Assurance Procedures

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 1990-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Methods of Monitoring Dumping Grounds for Sewage Sludge. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 1990-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 90/3 on Reducing Atmospheric Emissions from Existing Chlor-Alkali Plants. This measure has been set aside - see OSPAR 20/12/1, paragraph 9.20

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 90/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 90/2 on Programmes and Measures for Mercury and Cadmium Containing Batteries. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 90/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 90/1 on the Definition of the Best Available Technology for Secondary Iron and Steel Plants This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 90/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Reporting Format for the Evaluation of Data with Respect to Airborne Deposition to the Area of the Paris Convention

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 1990-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 89/3 on Programmes and Measures for Reducing Mercury Discharges from Various Sources. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1989, Dublin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 89/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 89/5 Concerning Refineries. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1989, Dublin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 89/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 89/4 on a Coordinated Programme for the Reduction of Nutrients (Luxembourg lifted its reservation in 2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1989, Dublin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 89/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Parameters (for monitoring). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1989, Dublin
Reference Number:
Agreement 1989-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Monitoring of Dumping Grounds

Adopted:
1989 Dublin
Reference Number:
Agreement 1989-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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