More about the POPs Regulation

POPs stand for Persistent Organic Pollutants. POPs are organic substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment. They can be transported by air, water or migratory species across international borders, reaching regions where they have never been produced or used. International risk management is necessary as no region can manage the risks posed by these substances alone.

POPs are regulated worldwide by the Stockholm Convention External link.and by the Aarhus Protocol External link.. These legislations are implemented in the European Union by the POPs Regulation (EU) No 2019/1021.

The member countries decide for themselves the penalties for breach of the POPs Regulation. The Swedish provisions on penalties can be found in Chapter 29 of the Environmental Code. External link.

Submit information to the Swedish Chemicals Agency

Pursuant to Article 5 (2) of the POPs Regulation, those holding a stockpile of more than 50 kg of products consisting of or containing substances listed in Annex I or II to the Regulation shall provide information on stockpile. This applies to the substances that may be used in accordance with the conditions in the respective appendix. You must provide information on the nature and size of the stockpile to the responsible national authority of the Member State where the stockpile is located. This must be done no later than 12 months after the date on which the POPs Regulation came into force for the substance. This means, for example, that you must submit information no later than 4 July 2021 for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

If the stockpile is located in Sweden, it must be reported to the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

You submit the information via an excel document which you download and send by e-mail to kemi@kemi.se.

Guidance describing the information to be reported (pdf 695 kB) , 694.3 kB.

The Excel document to be filled in and submitted (xlsx 816 kB) , 815.6 kB.


Read more about the POPs Regulation on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website External link.

Last published 11 October 2021