Prior Informed Consent Regulation

The Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC, Regulation (EU) 649/2012) administers the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals and places obligations on companies who wish to export these chemicals to non-EU countries. It implements, within the European Union, the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade. 

Understanding PIC


Scope and processes



The PIC Regulation contains three sets of provisions linked to the export of chemicals:

  • Chemicals listed in Annex I are subject to the export notification procedure (Part 1) and to the explicit consent requirement (Parts 2 and 3). This list is updated regularly as result of regulatory actions under EU legislation, and developments under the Rotterdam Convention.
  • Chemicals listed in Annex V are banned for export.
  • All chemicals that are exported have to comply with rules on packaging and labelling pursuant to the CLP Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 or any other relevant EU legislation.
  • List of chemicals: Annex I
  • Reporting on information exchange

Exporters in a EU Member State have to notify their intentions to export certain chemicals to a country outside the EU.


In addition to the notification requirement, the export of chemicals included in parts 2 and 3 of Annex I to the PIC Regulation are also subject to the existence of a valid explicit consent given by the designated national authority of the importing country outside the EU.