Rotterdam Convention

Interim PIC Procedure archive

UNEP and FAO jointly implemented the original PIC procedure, which operated until the adoption of the Rotterdam Convention by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade on 10 September 1998. 
The Conference of Plenipotentiaries adopted a resolution on interim arrangements, which changed the original PIC procedure to a voluntary interim PIC procedure. It was also decided that the interim PIC procedure would cease to operate on a date to be specified by the Conference of the Parties at its first meeting. 
During its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties decided in decision RC-1/13, that the interim Prior Informed Consent procedure, initiated on 24 February 2004, would cease to operate on the 24 February 2006.