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 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.

Found 381 Decs, Recs & Ags:

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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