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The Rotterdam Convention

ON THE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT PROCEDURE FOR CERTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE


The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (referred to as the Rotterdam Convention; also commonly known as PIC) entered into force on 24 February 2004.

Following ratification by the Australian Government on 20 May 2004, the obligations of the Rotterdam Convention entered into force for Australia on 18 August 2004.

The objective of the Convention is to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous pesticide and industrial chemicals 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. The Rotterdam Convention allows the continuation of trade in chemicals, without mandating bans or phase-outs of chemicals. The Convention provides for a national decision-making process on the import of these chemicals, and disseminates those decisions to Parties. It also provides for importing Parties to receive information on a chemical being exported from a country that has banned or severely restricted it on human health and/or environment grounds.


For a list of certain hazardous pesticide and industrial chemicals subject to the PIC procedure, please refer to Annex III in Appendix III of Current PIC Circular XXXVI December 2012 (page 31).


Appendix III may also be downloaded directly
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The DNA’s Register (Designated National Authorities), a list of government agencies responsible for international liaison between Parties to the Convention, is published by the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention, and can be found on the same PIC webpage.

Introduction of a fee structure for businesses seeking approval to import and export industrial chemicals under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention

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