Prior Informed Consent Regulation

The Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC, Regulation (EU) 649/2012) administers the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals and places obligations on companies who wish to export these chemicals to non-EU countries. It implements, within the European Union, the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade. 

Understanding PIC

 

Legislation

Scope and processes

 

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The PIC Regulation contains three sets of provisions linked to the export of chemicals:

  • Chemicals listed in Annex I are subject to the export notification procedure (Part 1) and to the explicit consent requirement (Parts 2 and 3). This list is updated regularly as result of regulatory actions under EU legislation, and developments under the Rotterdam Convention.
  • Chemicals listed in Annex V are banned for export.
  • All chemicals that are exported have to comply with rules on packaging and labelling pursuant to the CLP Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 or any other relevant EU legislation.

List of chemicals: Annex I

 
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Exporters in a EU Member State have to notify their intentions to export certain chemicals to a country outside the EU.
 

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In addition to the notification requirement, the export of chemicals included in parts 2 and 3 of Annex I to the PIC Regulation are also subject to the existence of a valid explicit consent given by the designated national authority of the importing country outside the EU.