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:

PARCOM Decision 85/2: Programmes and Measures on Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Cadmium Discharges. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1985, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 85/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 85/1: Programmes and Measures of 31 December 1985 on Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Mercury Discharges by Sectors other than the Chlor-alkali Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1985, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 85/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 85/1 on Limit Values for Mercury Emissions in Water from Existing Brine Recirculation Chlor-Alkali Plants (exit of factory site). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1985, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 85/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 84/2 for Reducing Cadmium Pollution. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1984, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 84/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 84/1 on Pollution by Titanium Dioxide Wastes. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1984, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 84/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Considerations Relevant to the Selection and Monitoring of Dumping Grounds. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1984
Reference Number:
Agreement 1984-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 83/1 on Reduction Programmes for Discharges from Existing Refineries. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1983, Berlin
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 83/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 82/1 on Other Land-Based Sources of Mercury Pollution. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1982, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 82/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 82/1 on New Chlor-Alkali Plants Using Mercury Cells. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1982, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 82/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 81/1 on Limit Values for Existing Waste Brine Chlor-Alkali Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 81/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 81/2 on Limit Values for Existing Brine Recirculation Chlor-Alkali Plants (exit of the factory site). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 81/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 81/2 on the Production, Collection, Regeneration and Disposal of Waste Oils. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 81/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 81/1 on Other Land-Based Sources of Mercury Pollution (Thermometers, Batteries, Dental Filters). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 81/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Discharges of Titanium Dioxide Waste to the Sea

Adopted:
1981
Reference Number:
Agreement 1981-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Adoption of a "standstill principle" for mercury concentrations in water. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
Agreement 1980-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Binding Guidelines for Discharges from New Refineries. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
Agreement 1980-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 80/1 on Environmental Quality Standard for Mercury in Organisms. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 80/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 80/2 on Limit Values for Mercury Emissions in Water from Existing and New Brine Recirculation Chloralkali Plants (exit of the purification plant). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 80/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSCOM Recommendation 80/1 to Take all Possible Steps to Reduce at Source the Contamination of Sewage Sludge with Heavy Metals

Adopted:
1980
Reference Number:
OSCOM Recommendation 80/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 78/1 that No New Waste Brine Plants be Built

Adopted:
1978, The Hague
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 78/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSCOM Recommendation 77/1 on the Disposal of Pipes, Metal Shavings and Other Material Resulting from Offshore Hydrocarbon Exploration and Exploitation Operations. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1977, Paris
Reference Number:
OSCOM Recommendation 77/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Interpretation of the Convention - Arrangements for tank washing

Adopted:
1974
Reference Number:
Agreement 1974-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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