EU’s PIC Regulation adds 35 new entries

The European Commission’s latest update to the export and import of hazardous chemicals regulation – which implements the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent in the EU – includes 27 pesticides and eight industrial chemicals in the list of substances requiring export notification.

Regulatory background

The Prior Informed Consent Regulation (EU) 649/2012 (PIC) is the main act on the export and import of hazardous chemicals between the European Union and third countries. It also implements EU commitments to the Rotterdam Convention on the PIC Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. It seeks to protect human health and the environment, while reaffirming the sovereignty of third nations in deciding when hazardous chemicals are allowed to enter their borders.

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