Welcome to POPsInWaste.eu

This website is the primary hub for information relating to the study to the assessment of impacts associated to the review of limit values in waste for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed in annexes IV and V of Regulation (EU) 2019/1021.


The main goal of this study is to support the DG Environment in preparing an impact assessment accompanying a legislative proposal to amend Annexes IV and V of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation. The need for a potential revision arises from:

(i) International obligations deriving from the listing of new substances under the Stockholm Convention and from the consideration of nominated POP candidate substances;

(ii) Adaptation to scientific and technical progress of some of the entries in these annexes.

Who is involved?

This project is being carried out by RPA Europe srl (Italy). RPA Europe is a sister company of Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA) (based in the UK). RPA Europe and RPA are also being supported by INERIS (France) and the Bio Innovation Service (B’Innov) (France).


The study comprises five interlinked tasks:

Task 1: Updating the information on mass flows associated to the POP substances covered by the study and their presence in waste;

Task 2: Assess the use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Toxic Equivalency Factors (TEF) (2005) values for dioxin-like (dl) polychlorinated bisphenyls (PCBs) and of their robustness as compared to those derived, for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) as listed in Annex IV;

Task 3: Survey of sampling and analytical methods for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDDs) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in POP waste;

Task 4: Impact assessment of low POP content limit (LPCL) options for each substance; and

Task 5: Recommendations and analysis of uncertainties.