Chemicals Covered


What chemicals are covered byRegulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended?

  • Certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides that are banned or severely restricted within the EC
  • Certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides that are subject to the PIC procedure
  • All industrial chemicals and pesticides when exported in relation to packaging and labelling

What chemicals does Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended not apply to?

  • Annex I chemicals imported or exported for the purpose of research or analysis purposes, provided the quantities do not exceed 10kg - see ‘Special RIN procedure
  • Narcotic drugs, radioactive materials, wastes, chemical weapons, food and food additives, feeding stuffs, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), medicinal and veterinary medicinal products (apart from biocides)

Chemicals listed in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended:

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended has three parts listing chemicals that are banned or severely restricted within the EU. Annex I indicates if the chemical use is pesticide and/or industrial chemical. Different provisions apply depending on the part of Annex I.

These chemicals require an active Reference Identification Number (RIN) issued from ePIC before the export or import can proceed.

Exporters and importers must notify yearly exports and imports of these PIC chemicals using ePIC, before 31st March the following year.

August 2014 - Some chemicals are added to the Annexes - see Amendments to the Rotterdam Regulation


Mixtures and articles?

MIXTURES are subject to the Regulation if the mixture contains chemicals listed in Annex I at a concentration high enough to trigger labelling obligations under Directive 1999/45/EC, the Dangerous Preparations Directive

ARTICLES containing chemicals listed in Parts 2 and 3 of Annex I are also subject to the Regulation, if the chemical in the article is in unreacted form, or present in a preparation at a concentration high enough to trigger labelling under Directive 1999/45/EC.

The use of chemicals and articles listed in Annex V is prohibited in the European Community, and the export of such chemicals and articles is prohibited.

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