Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals


  • ECHA PIC Operations will be closed from 20th December until 6th January. Submit PIC export notifications early for 2020 to avoid delay
  • PIC exports to the UK - If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, exports of PIC chemicals to the UK should be notified using ECHA’s “How to ..” guide. If the UK leaves the EU with an agreement, exports of PIC chemicals from Ireland to the UK could be exempt from notification requirements for a transitional period  
  • New PIC exporters - If possible, consider submitting one sample notification to get familiar with the process

The Export Import Regulation

Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 (as amended) places obligations on exporters of certain hazardous chemicals when exporting to non-EU countries.

The objective is to allow countries to monitor and to control the export and import of certain hazardous chemicals. It allows countries to refuse export and/or to place certain conditions on their import.

The Export Import Regulation:

  • Implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade
  • Promotes shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international movement of hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment
  • Contributes to the environmentally sound use of hazardous chemicals
  • Imposes the same packaging and labelling requirements as apply within the EU to all exports of all dangerous substances

See Further Information