Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

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.

View All AgreementsView All DecisionsView All Recommendations

Found 155 Recommendations:

OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (superseded Recommendation 2016/4 from 1 January 2018)

Adopted:
Cork, 2017
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2012/5 for a risk-based approach to the Management of Produced Water Discharges from Offshore Installations

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
View
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2011/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/4, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
View
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2001/01, as amended

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
View
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01, amended by Recommendation 2019-04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3 on Environmental Goals for the Discharge by the Offshore Industry of Chemicals that Are, or Which Contain Substances Identified as Candidates for Substitution, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006-03, as amended by Recommendation 2019-02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (takes effect from 1 January 2020)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-04e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3 on Environmental Goals for the Discharge by the Offshore Industry of Chemicals that Are, or Which Contain Substances Identified as Candidates for Substitution

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2019/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the Implementation of Sustainability Education Programmes for Fishers

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2019/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) (as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2014/17)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF), as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and Recommendation 2019/3. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3, as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and 2019/3. Consolidated text
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2018/01 on Radioactive Discharges

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2018-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2016/03 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2016/02 on furthering the protection and conservation of intertidal mudflats in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2016/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the implementation of fishing for litter initiatives

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2015/01 on furthering the protection and conservation of intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments in Regions II and III of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/01
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2015/02 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Azorean limpet (Patella aspera ) in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2015/03 on furthering the protection and conservation of the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/03
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2015/04 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Allis shad (Alosa alosa) in Regions II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/7 on furthering the protection and conservation of the spotted ray (Raja montagui) in Regions II, III, IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014. Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/07
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1 on furthering the protection and conservation of the common or European sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) in Regions II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
View
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/9 on furthering the protection and conservation of seamounts in Regions I, IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/09
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/10 on furthering the protection and conservation of carbonate mounds in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/10
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/11 on furthering the protection and conservation of hydrothermal vents/fields occurring on oceanic ridges in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/11
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
Download

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/12 on furthering the protection and conservation of Cymodocea meadows in Region IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/12
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
Download