The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation has made significant changes to Annex 1, incorporating 35 chemicals into its fold. This selection comprises 27 pesticides and eight industrial chemicals. The central purpose of the PIC regulation is to oversee the trading of prohibited chemicals within the European Union (EU). It plays a crucial role in notifying companies seeking to export these restricted substances beyond the EU’s borders or import them into the EU.

The primary objective of this regulation is to safeguard both human health and the environment by providing essential information to importing countries on the safe storage, transportation, usage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals. This latest addition brings the total entries in Annex 1 to 295.

Notably, EU exporters are now obligated to inform authorities about their intent to export these 35 hazardous chemicals. In turn, importing countries must grant explicit consent for the import of these hazardous substances. To streamline this process, companies engaged in the export or import of these chemicals can use the ePIC IT tool to provide this crucial information. These new regulations are set to come into effect on November 1, 2023.


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