The National Centre for Toxic Compounds

The National Centre for Toxic Compounds was established as the National Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants by agreement between the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic and Masaryk University on November 10, 2006 to provide expert support, coordinate, and implement goals and targets featured in action plans of the National Implementation Plan of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Czech Republic.

The range and coverage of activities gradually broadened over the years to support the implementation of additional international instruments related to chemicals management in the Czech Republic and therefore the title of the National Centre changed in 2014, due to progress in synergies among the three "chemical" conventions (Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions), and adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013, to the National Centre for Toxic Compounds.

The activities of the National Centre cover the following key areas:

  1. Support in implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs in the Czech Republic and of other MEAs
  2. Research and development related environmental contamination by chemicals
  3. Monitoring of persistent organic pollutants and of other chemicals
  4. Data management, visualization, interpretation and reporting
  5. Collaboration with application sector and capacity building activities
  6. Education and awareness raising

Moreover, experience gained in the Czech Republic over time is also useful for other countries. Therefore, a sister body was established in 2007 and formally endorsed by the global community in 2009. 

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Should you have any questions, please contact:

Ing. Kateřina Šebková, Ph.D., M.A.

Head, National Centre

Phone: +420 549 49 3063

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