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Chemicals listed in the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Australia is a party to several international agreements and treaties to regulate the trade of certain hazardous chemicals. These provide information and guidance so that countries can make informed decisions about the chemicals they want to receive, and exclude those they cannot manage safely.

Chemicals listed in the Rotterdam PIC Convention

Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention is a list of pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been severely restricted for health or environmental reasons. Most Annex III-listed industrial chemicals cannot be imported or exported without authorisation. This is known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure.

If you wish to trade certain Annex III-listed industrial chemicals, you must apply in writing and pay a fee.

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List of chemicals subject to import conditions

Section 71 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019 prohibits the introduction of certain industrial chemicals subject to the Rotterdam Convention. This means that it is unlawful to introduce some Annex-III listed industrial chemicals without our written approval.

Chemical name CAS Number

Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether (including

hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl

ether)

36483-60-0, 68928-80-3

Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether (including

tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl

ether)

32534-81-9, 40088-47-9
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) 25637-99-4

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, perfluorooctane

sulfonates, perfluorooctane sulfonamides and

perfluorooctane sulfonyls, including:

 

(i) potassium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(ii) lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(iii) ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(iv) diethanolammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate;

and

(v) tetraethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate;

and

(vi) didecyldimethylammonium perfluorooctane

sulfonate; and

(vii) N‑ethylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(viii) N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(ix) N‑ethyl‑N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl) perfluorooctane

sulfonamide; and 1691-99-2, 1763-23-1, 24448-09-7, 251099-16-8, 2795-39-3, 29081-56-9, 29457-72-5, 307-35-7, 31506-32-8, 4151-50-2, 56773-42-3, 70225-14-8

(x) N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl)‑N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and (xi) perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride

1691-99-2, 1763-23-1, 24448-09-7, 251099-16-8, 2795-39-3, 29081-56-9, 29457-72-5, 307-35-7, 31506-32-8, 4151-50-2, 56773-42-3, 70225-14-8

Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs) including:

(i) hexabromobiphenyl; and

(ii) octabromobiphenyl; and

(iii) decabromobiphenyl

13654-09-6, 27858-07-7, 36355-01-8
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) 85535-84-8
Tetramethyl lead 75-74-1
Tributyl tin compounds 1461-22-9, 1983-10-4, 2155-70-6, 24124-25-2, 4342-36-3, 56-35-9, 85409-17-2

List of chemicals subject to export conditions

Section 73 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules prohibits the export of certain industrial chemicals subject to the Rotterdam Convention. This means that it is unlawful to export some Annex III-listed industrial chemicals without our written approval.

Chemical name CAS number

Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether

(including Hexabromodiphenyl ether and

Heptabromodiphenyl ether)

36483-60-0, 68928-80-3

Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether

(including tetrabromodiphenyl ether and

pentabromodiphenyl ether)

32534-81-9, 40088-47-9
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) 25637-99-4

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid,

perfluorooctane sulfonates, perfluorooctane

sulfonamides and perfluorooctane sulfonyls,

including:

(i) potassium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(ii) lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(iii) ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate;

and

(iv) diethanolammonium perfluorooctane

sulfonate; and

(v) tetraethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(vi) didecyldimethylammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; and

(vii) N‑ethylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(viii) N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(ix) N‑ethyl‑N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl) perfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(x) N‑(2‑hydroxyethyl)‑N‑methylperfluorooctane sulfonamide; and

(xi) perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride

1691-99-2, 1763-23-1, 24448-09-7,

251099-16-8, 2795-39-3, 29081-56-9,

29457-72-5, 307-35-7, 31506-32-8,

4151-50-2, 56773-42-3, 70225-14-8

Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs), including:

(i) hexabromobiphenyl; and

(ii) octabromobiphenyl; and

(iii) decabromobiphenyl

13654-09-6, 27858-07-7, 36355-01-8
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 1336-36-3
Polychlorinated Terphenyls (PCTs) 61788-33-8
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) 85535-84-8
Tetraethyl lead 78-00-2
Tetramethyl lead 75-74-1
Tributyl tin compounds

1461-22-9, 1983-10-4, 2155-70-6, 24124-25-2,

4342-36-3, 56-35-9, 85409-17-2

Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate 126-72-7

Chemicals listed in the Stockholm POPs Convention

The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Australia does not automatically adopt controls for these chemicals, but must take measures to eliminate or reduce their release into the environment.

The United Nations describes POPs as “chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.

"With the evidence of long-range transport of these substances to regions where they have never been used or produced and the consequent threats they pose to the environment of the whole globe, the international community has now, at several occasions called for urgent global actions to reduce and eliminate releases of these chemicals."

To ensure Australian compliance with this treaty, we must consider the Stockholm criteria in all of our chemical assessments (the pollutants' criteria in Annex D of the Convention).

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