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PIC Convention - Import and Export of Hazardous Chemicals

The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, known as "PIC Concention" entered into force on 24 February 2004. More information about the PIC Convention can be found on the Convention web site: http://www.pic.int/.

The objectives of the Convention are:
  • to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm,
  • to contribute to the environmentally sound use of those hazardous chemicals, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics, by providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export and by disseminating these decisions to Parties.

The Cyprus Government ratified the PIC Convention through The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade Ratifying Law of 2004 (Law 20 (III)/2004).

The European Union has adopted Regulation 689/2008/EC (replacing European Regulation 304/2003/EC) concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals, in order to ratify the PIC Convention. The dangerous chemicals included in the PIC Convention are listed in Annex I (Part 3) of the set Regulation.

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