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Rotterdam, the Right-to-know

The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade promotes shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international trade among Parties of certain hazardous chemicals to protect human health and the environment from potential harm.

The Convention covers pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been banned or severely restricted for health or environmental reasons by Parties and which have been notified by Parties for inclusion in the prior informed consent, or PIC, procedure.

The Prior Informed Consent, or PIC, procedure is your key to the treasure of information on hazardous chemicals in international trade shared by the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention.

For each chemical listed in Annex III of the Convention, Parties are requested to take a decision as to whether they will allow future import of the chemical.

The resulting decisions on future import of these chemicals are published by the Secretariat and made available to all Parties every six months through the PIC Circular. These import responses by Parties are available to the public online.

To help you exercise your Rotterdam Right-to-Know, the PIC Users´ Guide is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish at:

Other Right-to-Know resources available from the Secretariat include:

Information on global trends in the transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes:

A summary of persistent organic pollutant data and monitoring capacity in the world´s regions:

Information on pollutant release and transfers –

New Social Media and Chemical Right-to-Know

New Social Media and Chemical Right-to-Know

All three chemical and waste Conventions emphasize the importance of information sharing and of informed decision making processes. Given the risks to human health and the environment posed by hazardous chemicals and wastes, access to information and prior informed consent are pillars of the regulatory framework established under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Rotterdam Right-to-Know: Parties exchange information while chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan await final decision

Rotterdam Right-to-Know: Parties exchange information while chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan await final decision

Information exchange on chemicals recommended by the Chemical Review Committee for listing in Annex III but for which the Conference of the Parties has yet to take a final decision (COP decisions RC.3/3, RC.4/4 and RC 4/6)

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