22 hazardous chemicals added to EU regulation on imports and exports

Exporters of the substances now have to notify their designated national authority before exporting them. In most cases, consent from the importing country is also needed. In addition, exports from the EU of a series of mercury-containing articles, such as fluorescent lamps, have also been banned.

Helsinki, 22 July 2020 –19 new entries containing 22 substances are now subject to export notifications under the PIC Regulation. Three of the entries (diquat, glufosinate and propineb) cover two substances each.

EU exporters who want to export any of the substances after 1 September 2020, as such or in mixtures, need to notify their designated national authority of their intention at least 35 days before the date of their first export.

20 of the 22 substances also need consent from the authorities of the importing country before they can be exported.

The majority of the 22 substances have been added to the PIC Regulation because they are banned as active substances in plant protection products within the EU. Some are also severely restricted under the Biocidal Products Regulation and, approved only for a limited number of biocidal products. One substance (imidacloprid) is also used in veterinary medicinal products.

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