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Export and import of dangerous chemicals from and into Europe

HSE: Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals

Regulation (EU) 649/2012 affects all European Union based companies involved with the export or import of chemicals or articles containing chemicals. It is commonly known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation.

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

Does the legislation apply to you?


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Advice on what to do if you export chemicals or articles to countries outside the European Territory.

More information for exporters


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If you are an importer of any substance listed in Annex I, Regulation (EU) 649/2012 may apply to you.

More information for importers


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Updated 2015-01-15