The OSPAR Acquis: Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

The OSPAR Acquis - the Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that constitute the accumulated body of OSPAR measures and actions

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention") replaces the former Oslo and Paris Conventions.

Decisions, Recommendations and all Other Agreements adopted under those former Conventions continue to be applicable unless they are terminated by new measures adopted under the OSPAR Convention. Any Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements adopted under the Oslo and Paris Conventions that were considered to no longer apply under the OSPAR Convention were revoked by OSPAR Decision 98/1.

Maintaining the OSPAR Acquis

The latest list of Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements applicable within the framework of the OSPAR Convention is available here.

At its meeting in 2009, OSPAR agreed that there was no need for the OSPAR Commission to carry out annual reviews of this list. The Secretariat keeps the list up to date as new or amended measures are agreed. The OSPAR Committees review the applicability of any Decision, Recommendation or Other Agreement that relate to their area of responsibility and inform the meeting of the Commission as appropriate (at least every 5 years) of any that need to be updated, or that are proposed to be set aside. Those Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that are set aside are indicated by blue shaded text in the List of Decisions, Recommendations and Agreements.

The Commission reviewed the acquis in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2017/18.

Implementation of OSPAR measures

Under the North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy (NEAES) 2010-2020 the OSPAR Commission was guided by its vision of a clean, healthy and biologically diverse North-East Atlantic Ocean, used sustainably. In seeking to deliver this vision the OSPAR Commission has harmonised policies and strategies and drawn up measures and actions to protect the marine environment. These are captured in the OSPAR Measures and Actions Programme (MAP), which maintains an overview of the implementation of the measures in the OSPAR aquis. This information is maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

In 2015 OSPAR published an overview of the ‘Existing OSPAR measures in support of MSFD programmes of measures’ (Publication 2015/665). This document provides a regional overview of OSPAR measures that support the achievement of good environmental status in marine waters under the EU MSFD.

OSPAR 2020 agreed a progress report on implementation of OSPAR measures in support of the review of North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy 2010-2020. The report builds on the information maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

Implementation successes

OSPAR’s measures and actions programme over the period 2010-2020 focused on:

  • the development of measures for the protection and conservation of biodiversity identified for priority action with programmes of action adopted for 40 species and 16 habitats and 3 rounds of implementation reporting completed;
  • consolidation of OSPAR’s network of marine protected areas, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction, which has resulted in 550 MPAs being nominated to the OSPAR MPA network, with annual implementation reporting through a data call to also maintain up to date information about the MPAs in an OSPAR MPA database;
  • the establishment of a risk-based approach for the management of produced water discharges from the offshore oil and gas industry to complement the OSPAR harmonised mandatory control system for offshore chemicals and promote the shift towards a reduction in the use of more hazardous substances;
  • the full implementation of the ban on the dumping or leaving in place of disused offshore installations;
  • the full implementation of the measure on the application of the BAT and BEP in nuclear facilities have resulted in a reduction of discharges from the nuclear sector
  • successfully phasing out all mercury cell chlor-alkali plants in the OSPAR Maritime Area as a result of its Contracting Parties fully implementing PARCOM Decision 90/3 on reducing atmospheric emissions from existing chlor-alkali plants;
  • development and implementation of the Regional Action Plan on marine litter, including measures on fishing for litter and sustainability education programmes for fishers.

OSPAR has also maintained a watching brief on the measures being taken by other competent authorities in the fields of management of land-based sources of hazardous substances and nutrients, the management of fisheries and other human activities with the potential to impact biodiversity. Where needed OSPAR brought matters of importance to the attention of the relevant authorities.

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Found 155 Decs, Recs & Ags:

OSPAR Recommendation 2000/1 on Best Environmental Practice (BEP) for the Reduction of Inputs of Agricultural Pesticides to the Environment through the Use of Integrated Crop Management Techniques. This measure has been "set aside". See OSPAR 19/20/1, paragraph 12.4

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2000/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 99/1 on the Best Available Techniques for the Manufacture of Emulsion PVC (e-PVC). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1999, Kingston upon Hull
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 99/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 98/1 Concerning Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practice for the Primary Non-Ferrous Metal Industry (Zinc, Copper, Lead and Nickel Works). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 98/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 98/2 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for Existing Aluminium Electrolysis Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 98/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 97/2 on Measures to be Taken to Prevent or Reduce Emissions of Heavy Metals and Persistent Organic Pollutants Due to Large Combustion Plants ( > 50 MWth) (Reserves lifted: Portugal (1998) Spain (2003). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, London
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 97/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Recommendation 97/1 Concerning Reference Values for Effluent Discharges for Wet Processes in the Textile Processing Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1997, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Recommendation 97/1
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 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 96/4 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 96/1 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 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 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 94/3 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 94/4 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 94/5 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 94/6 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 94/8 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 94/7 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 94/1 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 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 93/4 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 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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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 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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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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