The Assessment Panels have been vital components of ozone protection since the Montreal Protocol was first established. They support parties with scientific, technological and financial information in order to reach decisions about ozone layer protection and they play a critical role in ensuring the Protocol achieves its mandate.
The Assessment Panels were first agreed in 1988 to assess various direct and indirect impacts on the ozone layer. The current three panels are:
- The Technology and Economic Assessment Panel
- The Scientific Assessment Panel
- The Environmental Effects Assessment Panel
In the past there were 4 main panels. The Panels for Technology and Economic Assessments were merged in 1990 into one Panel, now called the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel.
Why are the three current panels important to ozone layer protection? Each carries out assessment in its respective field. Every four years, the key findings of all panels are consolidated in a synthesis report.