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 83 Decs, Recs & Ags:

JAMP Guideline on the analysis of PFCs in Seawater

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2010-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding with the International Seabed Authority

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2010-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2010-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Agreement on CEMP Assessment Criteria for the QSR 2010

Adopted:
2009, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 2009-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding between NEAFC and OSPAR

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for Contaminant-Specific Biological Effects (Replaces Agreement 2003-10).

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Handling of confidential documents on chemicals

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-11
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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HARPNUT Guideline 6: Quantification and Reporting of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Losses from Diffuse Anthropogenic Sources and Natural Background Losses

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-8
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Agreement on further work on substances of possible concern

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
Agreement 2006-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Agreed Background-Reference Concentrations for Contaminants in Sea Water, Biota and Sediment. This agreement replaces agreement 1997-14. Update 2006. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2005, Malahide
Reference Number:
Agreement 2005-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Cut-Off Values for the Selection Criteria of the OSPAR Dynamic Selection and Prioritisation Mechanism for Hazardous Substances. This agreement replaces agreement 2001-1

Adopted:
2005, Malahide
Reference Number:
Agreement 2005-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Agreement for Further Work in Relation to the DYNAMEC Mechanism. This agreement replaces agreement 2002-11

Adopted:
2005, Malahide
Reference Number:
Agreement 2005-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 9: Quantification and reporting of the retention of nitrogen and phosphorus in river catchments

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02i
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 8: Quantification of nitrogen and phosphorus losses from diffuse sources by riverine load apportionment

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02h
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action (Update 2007)

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 2: Quantification and reporting of nitrogen and phosphorus discharges/losses from aquaculture plants (revised in 2018)

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02b
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 7: Quantification and reporting of the monitored riverine load of nitrogen and phosphorus, including flow normalisation procedures (revised in 2018)

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02g
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Agreement on Monitoring Strategies for OSPAR Chemicals for Priority Action. Updated in 2006

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-14
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 3: Quantification and reporting of nitrogen and phosphorus discharges from industrial plants (Revised in 2018)

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02c
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Provisional JAMP Assessment Criteria for TBT – Specific Biological Effects. Amendments agreed by ASMO 2008

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-15
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Deselection of Substances from the OSPAR List of Substances of Possible Concern and the OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action. Update 2008.

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-13
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 5: Quantification and reporting of nitrogen and phosphorus losses from households not connected to public sewerage

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 1: Framework and aproach of the harmonised quantification and reporting procedures for nutrients

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02a
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR HARPNUT Guideline 4: Quantification and reporting of nitrogen and phosphorus discharges from waste water treatment plants and sewerage (revised in 2018)

Adopted:
2004, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
Agreement 2004-02d
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR's Standard Implementation Reporting and Assessment Procedure. Update 2005

Adopted:
2003, Bremen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2003-23
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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