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Rotterdam Convention (PIC)

Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure and Information Exchange.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) is the designated national authority for the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.

The Rotterdam Convention makes it possible for countries to obtain information on the importing of hazardous chemicals in advance and to decide on either acceptance or rejection of imports. According to the EU regulation implementing the Convention, products exported from the European Union will also be accompanied by information on hazard.

According to the EU regulation implementing the convention, information on hazard (labelling and safety data sheets) must correspond to the requirements of the EU. 

New chemicals included in the convention

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convened in May 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. The parties agreed to include the pesticide azinphos-methyl, the two commercial mixtures pentabromo biphenyl ether and octabromo biphenyl ether and a group of perfluorinated substances, including PFOS, to the list of chemicals subject to the PIC procedure.

Seven countries, including Russia and Ukraine opposed to include chrysotile asbestos in the list. India, Guatemala and Iran opposed to include paraquat in the list. These substances will, therefore, be discussed at the next conference of the parties.

The cooperation between the Rotterdam Convention, the Stockholm Convention and the Basel Convention continues. The goal is to bring the conventions closer and strengthen the work with chemicals.

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Documentation of the sixth meeting of the conference of the parties

IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development), meeting report

Last review
2013-08-26
Created
2011-06-30
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Eva Sandberg
Senior Advisor in International Affairs


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