PIC - Prior informed consent

Update for importers or exporters of chemicals that are subject to the Prior Informed Consent Procedure.

Amendment to Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 is published - October 2014

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1078/2014 amends Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals and applies from 1 December 2014.

If you export (either as substances or in mixtures/preparations), any of the chemicals listed then you can refer to the Amendment to confirm their identities.

NB. From 1 March 2014, Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 replaced Regulation (EC) No 689/2008. Both of these regulations are commonly known as the EU Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation.

The Amendment:

1) Adds Didecyldimethylammonium chloride, Cyfluthrin and Warfarin to Part 1 of Annex I of the Regulation. This means that HSE/HSENI, as the Designated National Authority, must be notified of the first export of these substances to each importing country each calendar year. 

2) Adds Azocyclotin, Bitertanol, Cinidon-ethyl, Cyclanilide, Cyhexatin, Ethoxysulfuron, Oxadiargyl, Rotenone to Parts 1 and 2 of Annex I of the EU PIC Regulation. This means HSE/HSENI, as the Designated National Authority, must be notified of the first export of these substances to each importing country each calendar year and that explicit consent of the importing country will be required before they can be exported outside the EU.

3) Amends the entry for Chlorate (in the category pesticides) in Parts 1 and 2 of Annex I of the EU PIC Regulation. This is to provide more clarity as to which substances are covered by these entries. It remains subject to the export notification requirement, whereby HSE/HSENI, as the Designated National Authority, must be notified of the first export of the substance to each importing country each calendar year. In addition, explicit consent from the importing country is still required before it can be exported outside the EU.

4) Adds, Azinphos-methyl, Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, Perfluorooctane sulfonates, Perfluorooctane sulfonamides and Perfluorooctane sulfonyls, to Part 3 of Annex I of the EU PIC Regulation and removes them from Part 2. This means that chemicals are still subject to the export notification requirement and the explicit consent requirement except where a positive import response is published in the PIC circular of the Rotterdam Convention or the importing country has waived the right to be notified.

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has updated their ePIC database (concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals) to incorporate these amendments.

Please Note:

As you may recall the previous amendment to PIC (Regulation EU 167/2014) had no effect due to a legal technicality. This amendment corrects this and brings into effect the amendments listed in that Regulation