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China Bans Import and Use of Persistent Organic Pollutants

China has banned the import / export, use and distribution of a number of organic pollutants, including lindane and endosulfan. Except for certain approved applications, the same strictures also apply to perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (POSA) and its salt compounds, as well as perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride (POSF).

The sanction, jointly announced by 11 government departments (including the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Commerce), is in line with China’s compliance requirements under the terms of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

The ban came into force as of 26 March this year.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Announcement on Prohibiting the Production, Circulation, Use, Import and Export of Persistent Organic Pollutants Including Lindane (Announcement No. 10 [2019])

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