Notification of National Definition of Hazardous Wastes and changes in Definition

Article 3, paragraph (1) of the Convention obliges Parties to inform the Secretariat of the Convention, within six months of becoming a Party to the Convention, of wastes other than those listed in Annexes I and II which are considered or defined as hazardous under its national legislation.

Furthermore, Article 3, paragraph (2) obliges the Parties to inform the Secretariat of any subsequent changes made to the information provided under Article 3, paragraph (1) on National Definition of Hazardous Wastes, and such information must be transmitted to the Secretariat in line with the provisions in Article 13, paragraph (2) (b) of the Convention.

A Party that wishes such wastes to be governed by the obligations and procedures for the transboundary movements of wastes provided under the Convention, such as, for example, the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure (article 4, paragraph 1 (c)), must send a specific notification that indicates that it is made under articles 3 and/or 13, paragraph 2 (b), to the Secretariat for transmittal to all Parties. Once such a communication has been received by the Secretariat, the obligations under, article 4, paragraph 1 (b), as well as those under other provisions, shall apply. However, information transmitted to the Secretariat under article 13, paragraph 3, the annual reporting requirement, cannot to be regarded as notifications under article 3 or under article 13, paragraph 2 (c).

The decision adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its ninth meeting, further requests Parties that have not yet provided the Secretariat with this information, under article 3 of the Convention to do so as soon as possible and also report any subsequent significant change through the standardized reporting format, while specifically making reference to the relevant provisions of the Convention to avoid ambiguity.

Forms for reporting pursuant to article 3: Format adopted by the Conference of the Parties, at its Seventh meeting (Decision VII/33), for reporting pursuant to article 3, can be accessed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

 

Notification of Decision to Prohibit the Import of Hazardous or other Wastes

Article 4, paragraph (1) of the Convention provides that Parties exercising their right to prohibit the import of hazardous wastes or other wastes for disposal shall inform the other Parties of their decision pursuant to Article 13. Article 13, paragraph (2) (c) obliges the Parties to inform each other through the Secretariat of a decision made by them not to consent (totally or partially) to imports of hazardous or other wastes for disposal within the area under their national jurisdiction.

Communications received under article 13, paragraph 2 (c), relate to hazardous and other wastes in respect of which a Party wishes to impose a total or partial import prohibition, as is each Party’s right as recognized under article 4, paragraph 1 (a). Such communications may relate to wastes included in Annex I and II, as well as those brought into the scope of the Convention by an article 3 notification (see the previous paragraph above). Where a Party wishes to impose a total or partial import prohibition, a notification indicating that is transmitted pursuant to article 13, paragraph 2 (c), must be sent to the Secretariat for transmittal to all Parties. Once such a communication has been received by the Secretariat, the obligations under, article 4, paragraph 1 (b), as well as those under other provisions, shall apply.

 
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National Definition of Hazardous Wastes and/or Changes in Parties’ National Definition of Hazardous Wastes, Pursuant to Article 3
Party Description E A C F R S
Argentina Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
Austria Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Belarus Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
Bulgaria Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Canada Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Chile Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
China Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
El Salvador Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
Estonia Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Finland Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Germany Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Greece Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Indonesia Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Iraq Notification of restrictions on transboundary movements of hazardous wastes or other wastes pursuant to article 4 (1) of the Basel Convention    
Lithuania Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Malaysia Notification of significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Mexico Notification of national definition of hazardous wastes pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
Morocco Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention and the clarification           
Norway Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Philippines Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention and the clarification            
Poland Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Slovakia Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention (Updated)            
Sweden Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Tunisia Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention            
Venezuela Notification of national definitions or significant change to national definitions pursuant to article 3 of the Basel Convention           
 
Note: The information contained on this page only includes notifications received by the Secretariat after February 2005. For information on earlier notifications, please contact the Secretariat (yvonne.ewang@unep.org).