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POP regulations apply to most products sold in various countries worldwide.


Persistent Organic Pollutants

As with Europe RoHS, Enviropass recommends the documentary approach with suppliers and subcontractors for POP testing against legal obligations like the European regulation 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants.


This method offers the best value for your money, avoiding dozens of expensive testing for potentially dangerous substances present in a tested product.


Looking for a POP certificate of compliance of your products? Get an online demo!

POP Regulated Substances
List of POP Persistent Organic Pollutants under 2019/1021 and amendments
POP Regulated Substances List 2020-07-04
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POP molecule

Classic POP


By using Classic POP, you allow Enviropass to tackle the documentary assessment of your products, including:

  • Up-to-date data collection with your suppliers/subcontractors
  • Quality validation of documents and risk analysis
  • Preparation of analysis results and certificates of compliance

 Note that you can apply for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), RoHS, and REACH SVHC testing services at a lower cost.


Deluxe POP


In addition to the Classic POP services, Deluxe POP gives you the tools to take control over POP compliance. 

Deluxe POP includes:

  • Products assessment regarding the POP requirements and delivery of a certificate of compliance
  • Training in products auditing, which allows you to conduct future analysis and to update your declarations of conformity (DoC) yourself

What are the POP substances?

Polar bear POP substances bioacumulate

POP is an acronym for Persistent Organic Pollutants. 


Typically, POP chemicals are halogenated organic compounds that massively originate from industrial activities and manufactured goods, such as electrical and electronic equipment as well as other types of products


POPs tend to migrate and accumulate in the cold parts of the world, like the poles.

Chlorinated POP molecule PCB
X = Chlore. Example of a Chlorinated molecule

POP substances exhibit high lipid solubility, because of their brominated or chlorinated molecular structures.  


Thus, POPs migrate into the body's lipids and are hardly destroyed.  In other words, they bioaccumulate.


The main concern with the POP chemicals is that they may cause health and environmental issues by:

  • impacting the immune, neural and endocrine systems of humans and animals; and
  • possibly contributing to hormonal disorders, cancer, mutations, birth defects.

What Does it Mean to be POP - Halogen Free Compliant?

Since the Stockholm Convention of 2004, many jurisdictions and markets around the world have regulated several POP substances.

POP Halogen Free Br and Cl

As a result, certain POP substances are prohibited or restricted in various countries, such as:

  • Canada - SOR/2012-285 Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations), and
  • The European Union with:
  • the Regulation 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (recast) replacing the Regulation 850/2004,


Examples of heavily restricted POP substances include:

  • Polybromodyphenyl ethers (PBDE), which is a plastic flame retardant, restricted under both the POP and Europe RoHS regulations
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), which is another plastic flame retardant, restricted under both the POP and Europe RoHS regulations
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB), that has massively been used in PVC coating, in electrical wiring, and electrical components, as an insulant and insulating fluid of transformers
  • Mirex
  • Alkanes C10-C13 Chloro (short-chain chlorinated paraffins) (SCCPs), used  in rubber, coating, and plastic cables
  • Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts and related substances, restricted under the REACH Annex XVII list

Under the European Regulation 2019/1021, article 3, any POP substances listed in the Annex I are prohibited on their own, in mixtures or articles.  However, some exemptions possibly apply, according to article 4 of that same POP regulation.

What if my Products are not POP compliant?

Selling products containing POP chemicals above the national permitted limits is prohibited and can jeopardize the image of your company.


For example, the European Commission maintains the Rapex  website exposing products and companies failing to comply with POP, but also RoHS, REACH SVHC, and other regulations.


Non-compliant products are usually withdrawn from the EU market, and product recalls are common.



Want to know more about POP and how you can verify compliance?  Contact Enviropass!

Enviropass Expertise Inc.

Suite 211 - 1750 St-Louis

Montreal, H4L 5N4, Quebec, Canada

Tel: +1 (514) 887-7871