Useful information

Useful information

Some relevant references by chronological order of publication

Technical Working Group of the Basel Convention: “Draft technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of POPs as wastes” 2002

Technical Working Group of the Basel Convention: “Draft technical guidelines on wastes comprising or containing PCBs, PCTs and PBBs”, 2002 (Y10)

World Bank/UNEP Chemicals/DANCED: “‘Draft guidance document for the preparation of national implementation plans for POPs”, 2002

UNEP Chemicals: “PCB transformers and capacitors: From management to reclassification and final disposal”, 2002

SBC/African Institute of Urban Management /Ministry of Environment and Amenities – Côte d’Ivoire: “Pilot project for the preparation of a national plan for the environmentally sound management of PCBs” 2002 (F only)

SBC/GTZ/NEA-Gambia: “Pilot project for the inventorying of PCB-containing equipment in the Gambia”, 2002

SBC No: 01/01: “First African Conference on the prevention and environmentally sound management of hazardous waste stocks. Report and background documents”, 2001

UNEP Chemicals: “Study of currently available technologies for the destruction of PCBs without incineration”, 2000

UNEP Chemicals: “Guidelines for the identification of PCBs and PCB-containing equipment”, 1999

World Bank Group: Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook, 1998

UNEP Chemicals: “Inventory of global PCB-destruction capacities”, 1998

SBC No. 97/005: “Technical guidelines on incineration on land” (D10), January 1997

SBC No. 97/006: “Technical guidelines on used oil re-refining or other re-uses of previously used oil” (R9), January 1997

Basel Convention Highlights No. 96/001: “Guidance in developing national and/or regional strategies for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes”, November 1997

Important links

  • Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention (;
  • Organisation of the UN for industrial development (UNIDО) (;
  • Global Environmental Facility (GЕF) (;
  • Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) (;
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection (;
  • Ministry of Finance – Customs Administration (;
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (;
  • Ministry of Health (; 
  • Office for Cooperation with Civil Society (;
  • Serbian Chamber of Commerce (;
  • Serbian Chemical Society (; 
  • PCBs Serbia


    The aim of this page is to show information on health effects, environmental impact, technical information and general information on polychlorinated biphenyls commonly known as PCBs. The main scope is to inform Serbian audience about National PCB Management Plan, all relevant legal framework and regulations in the Republic of Serbia and worldwide. This web page will help all potential PCBs owners to find all relevant information on technical guidelines, safety procedures, protocols and standard operating procedures for PCBs contaminated oils, equipment and soil, list of services, analytical procedures, laboratories, etc.

    The Stockholm convention

    The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on 22 May 2001 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Convention entered into force on 17 May 2004.



    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are aromatic, synthetic chemicals which do not occur naturally in the environment. They consist of the biphenyl structure with two linked benzene rings in which some or all of the hydrogen atoms have been substituted by chlorine atoms.


    Where PCBs could be found?

    PCBs were first identified in the nineteenth century and started being manufactured on an industrial scale in 1929. They were intensively used between 1920 and 1980.


    Impacts of PCBs on health and environment

    PCBs are identified as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT). Because of their persistence, PCBs continue to be found in the environment and contamination from legacy sources remains a problem.