As a party to the Stockholm Convention, the UK developed a National Implementation Plan in 2007. By way of background, the Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (which fall into three broad categories: pesticides, industrial chemicals and unintentionally produced by-products). The Stockholm Convention requires that parties adopt and introduce measures to reduce releases of POPs into the environment with the aim of reducing human and wildlife exposure.

A revised version of the UK National Implementation Plan has recently been published, providing an update on progress made to date with respect to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention, and outlining next steps for the management of POPs, particularly those which have been more recently listed.