By their nature, POPs and PBTs have the tendency to persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in the foodchain and therefore have the potential to cause harm to the humans and other organisms.
SETAC Pellston Workshop® (2007): Science-Based Guidance and Framework for the Evaluation and Identification of PBTs and POPs
SETAC Pellston Workshop® (1999): Evaluation of Persistence and Long-Range Transport of Organic Chemicals in the Environment
Evolution of the Science Associated with Understanding and Identifying Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) and Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) Assessments. View presentations:
IEAM Special Series: Science-Based Guidance and Framework for the Evaluation and Identification of PBTs and POPs. IEAM 13,6
To address the global concern over POPs and PBTs, about 90 countries have signed a groundbreaking United Nations treaty known as the Stockholm Convention. SETAC has observer status with the convention and regularly supports by organizing scientific symposia to bring the latest science to the regulatory community.