B3.6.6 OECD decision C(2001)107/FINAL


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Following indiscriminate and uncontrolled traffic in hazardous wastes which resulted in adverse effects on human health and the environment (e.g. Seveso dioxin barrels), OECD member countries decided in 1984 that exports and imports of hazardous waste should be controlled. For that purpose, the OECD developed eight Council Acts that were adopted by member countries. These Acts form the basis of the Basel Convention and several European Community directives.


In addition, due to the yearly volume and value of recoverable wastes, OECD developed a control system in order to enhance economically efficient and environmentally sound management of waste. This control system is based on risk assessment and designed to facilitate trade of wastes destined for recovery within the OECD area.


The following responsibilities are being carried out by the OECD Secretariat:

  • Update and consolidation of seven Council Acts on transboundary movements of wastes into a single Act.
  • Update and revision of the OECD Control System in order to harmonise to the extent possible its procedures, its notification and movement forms and waste lists with those of the Basel Convention. This involves regular amendments of the OECD lists of wastes according to the amendments adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Basel Convention or according to proposals submitted by OECD member countries and industry.
  • Production and update of a Guidance Manual for the implementation of Decision C(2001)107/FINAL on the control of transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations.
  • Development and maintenance of an Interactive Database on the OECD website which provides the necessary information for national competent authorities, exporters and importers in order to proceed with movements of wastes: