Procedure for Part 3 chemicals

Part 3 chemicals are subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure and require PIC unless an import response is published. Notification must be submitted using ePIC.

  • These chemicals require an active Reference Identification Number (RIN) issued from ePIC before the export can proceed.
  • Exporters and importers must notify yearly exports and imports of these PIC chemicals using ePIC, before 31st March the following year. This Article 10 report is not required for research or analysis chemical exports less than 10kg

If you export a Part 3 chemical to countries outside the European Community you must:

  • Use ePIC to notify the proposed export at least 35 days before the date of proposed export. The ePIC User Manual provides detailed advice
  • A check can then be carried out to see if the importing country has given consent to import the chemical. 
  • If no import decision has been provided by the importing country, explicit consent may then be sought from the relevant authority of the importing country
  • If the export is permitted, you will receive notification which will include the active Reference Identification Number (RIN)
  • All active RIN's are registered. All subsequent exports of the chemical to that country then have to be accompanied by that active RIN
  • Provide a full address and phone/mobile phone number for the non-EU importer. A P.O. box cannot be accepted.
  • Package and label your chemical at least to the same standards as those for sale within the European Community and, if practicable in the language of the importing country
    • The classification and labelling of chemicals for certain hazard classes in Annex VI of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 is a minimum classification (indicated by * in the “Classification” column in Table 3.1 of Annex VI)
    • Where the person responsible for classification has other information that leads to classification in a more severe category, then that more severe classification must be applied and the label must indicate that
  • Make sure that the expiry date and production date of the chemical are indicated on the label, and ensure that your chemical is exported at least six months before its expiry date
  • Supply a safety data sheet (SDS) in English in accordance with Annex II of the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006. A SDS should also be provided in an official or principal language of the importing country - See languages in Appendix 4 of the PIC Guidance document and ECHA's Safety data sheet checklist
  • Comply with any instructions or requests for information required by the importing country (if applicable)
  • In the first quarter of each year, inform the DNA of the quantity of the Annex I chemical supplied to each importing country during the previous year using ePIC. The ePIC User Manual provides advice on completing this Article 10 report


  • In limited circumstances, exporters may request waivers. See ECHA's Waiver Information Sheet (2 pages)
  • The explicit consent provided by the importing country shall be valid for a limited period.  Exporters should use ePIC at the end of that period to submit a new request for explicit consent
  • For some exports of chemicals listed in Part 2, the DNA in consultation may decide that no explicit consent is required

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