Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


From April 2016 to May 2017, 90 additional chemicals were added to the group entries in Annex I to PIC. A list of these chemicals is in the column on the right on ECHA’s website. Updating the group entries with individual chemicals and their identifiers is important. Companies cannot submit notifications for a group entry, but need to provide a CAS or EC number for their actual substance. An up-to-date list of all substances in Annex I and each group entry can be found on ECHA’s website or through the ePIC tool

The Export Import Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended, places obligations on exporters of certain hazardous chemicals when exporting to non-EU countries.

The objective is to allow countries to monitor and to control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals. It allows countries to refuse export and/or to place certain conditions on their import.

The Export Import Regulation:

  • Implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade
  • Promotes shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international movement of hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment
  • Contributes to the environmentally sound use of hazardous chemicals
  • Imposes the same packaging and labelling requirements as apply within the EU to all exports of all dangerous substances

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