Dangerous Substances Directive
Directive 2006/11/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 february 2006 on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the community


This Directive lays down rules for protection against, and prevention of, pollution resulting from the discharge of certain substances into the aquatic environment. It applies to inland surface water, territorial waters and internal coastal waters. 

Two lists of dangerous substances have been compiled to combat pollution:

  • discharge of substances in list I must be eliminated; while
  • discharge of substances in list II must be reduced.

Pursuant to Annex IX of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC), quality objectives and emission limit values are established by the “daughter directives” of Directive 2006/11/EC. Moreover, emission limit values for pollutants must be based on the best available techniques in line with Article 10 of Framework Directive 2000/60/EC.




EU Parliament and EU Council
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Signed: 15 February 2006 Entered into force: 24 April 2006