Rotterdam Convention •The PIC Procedure
The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure
This section provides a brief overview of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure. It includes information on the chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention and subject to the PIC procedure as well as the decisions on future import of these chemicals (import responses) submitted by Parties.
What is the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure?
The PIC procedure, along with information exchange, is one of the key provisions of the Rotterdam Convention. For each chemical listed in Annex III of the Convention a decision guidance document (DGD) is prepared and sent to all Parties with a request that they take a decision as to whether they will allow future import of the chemical. The resulting decisions on future import of these chemicals (import responses) are published by the Secretariat and made available to all Parties every six months through the PIC Circular.
The PIC procedure provides all Parties with an opportunity to make informed decisions as to whether they will consent to future imports of the chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention. All Parties are required to ensure that their exports do not take place contrary to an importing Party’s import decision.
In the section titled Chemicals you will find the list of chemicals contained in Annex III of the Convention and subject to the PIC procedure along with the associated Decision Guidance Documents (in English, French and Spanish). You will also find additional information on Annex III chemicals submitted by Parties after the adoption of Decision Guidance Documents by the Conference of the Parties.
This information includes additional notifications of final regulatory actions to ban or severely restrict these chemicals as well as information on alternatives and national risk evaluations in support of final regulatory actions that resulted in the continued use of one of more of the chemicals submitted by Parties. In addition evaluations from internationally peer reviewed processes such as those of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and safety data sheets are also provided.
In the section titled Import Responses you will find the decisions of Parties on future import of the chemicals listed in Annex III, how to submit such an import response to the Secretariat as well as the relevant forms and instructions developed to facilitate this process. You will also be able to access a database of all import responses submitted by Parties and published in the PIC Circular.