On July 28, 2022, the Vietnam Environment Administration, in collaboration with the General Administration of Customs, held a seminar to provide guidance about the regulations on the import, manufacture, and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and raw materials, fuels, materials, products, goods and equipment containing POPs (hereinafter “POPs-containing products”). The seminar was attended by representatives from relevant ministries (such as the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), regional customs offices, and relevant companies.
To implement its commitment to the Stockholm Convention, Vietnam has established regulations under Articles 69 and 97 of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and provided further details in the following subordinate regulations promulgated in 2022:
- The Decree No. 08/2022/ND-CP Detailing a Number of Articles of Law on Environmental Protection 2020 (Articles 38 to 42)
- The Circular No. 02/2022/TT-BTNMT on Implementation Rules for a Number of Articles of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 (Articles 47 and 48)
- The Decree No. 45/2022/ND-CP on Administrative Penalties in the Field of Environmental Protection (Article 28)
Based on these laws and regulations, Vietnam is strengthening its responsibilities and roles in the management of POPs regulated by the Stockholm Convention. The seminar outlined key rules and considerations regarding POPs and POPs-containing products control as follows: