The objective of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade is to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm and to contribute to their environmentally sound use, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics.


Australia ratified the Convention on 20 May 2004 and contributes periodically to technical and policy positions taken by the Australian delegation to conferences of the Parties in relation to industrial chemical matters. NICNAS provided advice this year on the inclusion of chrysotile onto Annex III of the Convention (discussed at the third conference of the parties, 9-13 October 2006), and provided input to technical working papers for discussion at the third Chemical Review Committee (CRC) meeting of 20-23 March 2007 regarding benzidine and its salts. As only one regulatory action from one PIC region met criteria set out in Annex II of the Convention, the CRC concluded benzidine and its salts could not be proposed for inclusion in Annex III at the current time.