The aim of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is to protect human health and the environment from the effects of POPs and it sets out a range of control measures to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate POPs releases (including emissions of by-product POPs). It also aims to ensure sound management of stockpiles and waste that contains POPs, focusing on intentionally produced and used POPs, unintentionally produced or by-product POPs and POPs in stockpiles and waste.

NICNAS commented on draft risk profiles prepared by the POP Review Committee on pentaBDE, octaBDE, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs). NICNAS also commented on draft risk management evaluations of hexabromobiphenyl, pentaBDE and PFOS, and provided input on technical policy positions taken by the Australian delegation to the Conference of the Parties.