The OSPAR convention aims to provide a consistent framework to reduce the amount and harmfulness of chemicals used and discharged in the course of offshore oil and gas exploration and production processes. It acts as the current legal instrument regulating international cooperation on environmental protection in the North-East Atlantic.
Within the North-East Atlantic region OSPAR regulates discharges of fluids into the sea, with a view to move toward less hazardous (ideally non-hazardous) substances being used.
The HOCNF requires data to be provided on each component of a formulation. Specifically, this is compositional information and the following ecotoxicological information;
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) are the authority who provides scientific and environmental advice in the United Kingdom (and The Netherlands) for the Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS). Following CEFAS evaluation and ranking they issue a “template” which can be used for site specific risk assessments.
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