Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


  • Please be aware that the ECHA PIC mailbox has been targeted by scammers. We advise that you ensure emails are from the pic@echa.europa.eu email address before opening, and that you do not click on any links in emails from a fake address.

  • On 24 September 2020, ECHA held a webinar which explained the scope and main requirements of the PIC Regulation. The webinar recording can be viewed here. The presenters focused on the export notification and related procedures. The presentation went through the details of filling in and submitting export notifications in ePIC. Information was also provided on reporting obligations related to imports and exports. A live Q&A session was run in parallel to the webinar where the PIC team answered participants’ questions. The Q&As can be found here.

  • The EU Commission has clarified the legal situation after the end of the Brexit transition period for the export and import of hazardous chemicals listed in the PIC Regulation, in a Readiness Notice published by the EU Commission on the 17th July 2020. Please visit our Brexit webpage for more information.

The PIC Regulation

The Prior Informed Consent ‘PIC’ Regulation (EU No 649/2012) implements the Rotterdam Convention in the EU. This convention is a multi-lateral treaty promoting the shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international movement of hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm. It allows countries to monitor and control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals, refuse and/or to place certain conditions on exports.


In the EU, the PIC Regulation requires exporters of certain hazardous chemicals to notify their Designated National Authority (DNA) prior to export outside of the EU. EU exporters are also required to report actual tonnages of these hazardous chemicals on an annual basis. Notification and reporting is facilitated through the ePIC IT tool, which is hosted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).


Non-EU exporters of hazardous chemicals listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention must also notify their DNA of the exports of these chemicals to the EU. The EU importer must report the actual tonnage of these chemicals imported on an annual basis in ePIC, as well as comply with REACH and CLP legislative obligations.


Further Information

Importers Information Sheet (HSA)

Export Import Information Sheet (HSA)