Changes to the Law

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1115 of 7 July 2016 establishing a format for the submission by the European Chemicals Agency of information concerning the operation of the procedures pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals is published in July 2015

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2229, now a legal requirement, amends Annex I of EU 649/ 2012 deleting endosulfan and adding several industrial chemicals and a pesticide. It applied from 1st February 2016. The following chemicals are added

  • PART 1 - "1,1-Dichloroethene, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, 1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, Dibutyltin compounds, Dioctyltin compounds, Lead compounds, Pentachloroethane, Trichlorobenzene
  • PART 2 - "Fenbutatin oxide
  • PART 3 – "Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether, including - tetrabromodiphenyl ether - pentabromodiphenyl ether and Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether, including - hexabromodiphenyl ether - heptabromodiphenyl ether

If you export any of these industrial chemicals as pure substances, in mixtures or in articles, please see our Export/ Import webpage &  Information Sheet for your obligations under the Rotterdam Regulation

For the pesticide Fenbutatin oxide, see the Pesticides Registration and Control Division

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.

The Amendment adds the Industrial chemicals, Azinphos-methyl, Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, Perfluorooctane sulfonates, Perfluorooctane sulfonamides and Perfluorooctane sulfonyls, to Part 3 of Annex I of the Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended 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.

Other amendments covering pesticides etc. can be viewed in the regulation. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has updated their ePIC database (concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals) to incorporate these amendments.  

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012, as amended replaced Regulation (EC) No. 689/2008 and incorporated some changes to the previous regulation in light of experience with implementation to date.

Exports should be accompanied by a safety data sheet in accordance with Regulation (EC) 453/2010 (REACH)

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