The European Commission has updated Annexes I and V to the Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC Regulation, (EU) No. 649/2012). The PIC Regulation regulates the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals and places obligations on companies that wish to export these chemicals to non-EU countries.
The change covers 22 chemicals, including 15 pesticides and 7 industrial chemicals. Exporters are now required to notify their intention to export these chemicals. In addition to export notification, most of these chemicals will also require the explicit consent of the importing country before export can take place. In addition, five chemicals previously only subject to export notification will now also require explicit consent.
The update was released on April 20, 2022, and will take effect on July 1, 2022.
Exporters should verify the list of chemicals they export that may be subject to additional obligations from July. The ePIC IT tool has been updated and companies can start notifying their exports now.