First ECHA guidance on the PIC Regulation

The re-cast EU Regulation that governs the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals has been in force since 1 March 2014.  This guidance document assists duty holders in applying the specific provisions for the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals under the Regulation.   


Helsinki, 15 December 2014 – The Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC) ((EU) No. 649/2012) implements within the EU the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. To achieve a higher level of protection of human health and the environment, a number of additional provisions that go beyond the Convention requirements were included in the PIC Regulation.

The scope of the PIC Regulation extends, for example, to requirements for export notification and for explicit consent to all countries rather than applying only to those countries that are party to the Rotterdam Convention. This new guidance explains the obligations under the PIC Regulation and gives advice on how to comply with them.

Further information

PIC Guidance

PIC web pages