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22 harmful chemicals added to PIC - exporters must notify from July

EU exporters are now required to notify their intention to export 22 chemicals following an amendment to the PIC Regulation. The amendment also bans the export of four chemicals. The update was published on 20 April 2022 and will start to apply on 1 July 2022.

Helsinki, 21 April 2022 - The 22 additional chemicals include 15 pesticides and seven industrial chemicals, including all substances containing benzene as a constituent in concentrations above 0.1 % weight by weight.

As well as the export notification, most of these chemicals will also require an explicit consent from the importing country before exports can take place.

In addition, five chemicals that were previously only subject to export notification will also now require explicit consent.

The IT tool ePIC has been updated and companies can already start notifying their exports now.


The European Commission updated PIC Annex I, which lists the chemicals subject to export notification and explicit consent from the importing country as well as Annex V which lists chemicals and articles banned from exporting. This amendment will enter into application on 1 July 2022.