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The Prior Informed Consent or PIC Regulation (EU) 649/2012 regulates the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals and imposes obligations on companies wishing to export these chemicals to non-EU countries . It aims to promote common responsibility and cooperation in international trade in hazardous chemicals and to protect human health and the environment by providing developing countries with information on the safe storage, transportation, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

This Regulation implements the European Union Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.

The PIC Regulation applies to chemicals listed in Annex I that are banned or severely restricted: industrial chemicals, pesticides and biocides, for example benzene, chloroform, atrazine and permethrin. The export of these chemicals is subject to two types of requirements: export notification and express consent.



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