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Export and import of hazardous chemicals from and into Europe (PIC)

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HSE: Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals

Regulation (EU) 649/2012 affects all European Union based companies involved in the export  and import of certain hazardous chemicals to non-EU countries. It is commonly known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation.

Its aim is to share information on hazardous chemicals, including how to store, transport, use and dispose of these chemicals safely.

The PIC Regulation requires exporters in EU Member States to notify their intention to export certain chemicals to countries outside the EU. In addition to the notification requirement, the export of some chemicals also requires the explicit consent of the importing country.

Detailed information and guidance on how to comply with the PIC Regulation can be found on the European Chemical Agency's website.

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Updated 2019-02-20