The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade was adopted at a conference in Rotterdam in September 1998. The Australian Government deposited its instrument of ratification for the Rotterdam Convention on 20 May 2004. Obligations relating to the Convention came into force for Australia on 18 August 2004. Further information on the Rotterdam Convention is available at the PIC website
What is PIC?
Prior Informed Consent (PIC) is a procedure that:
- helps participating countries learn more about the characteristics of potentially hazardous chemicals that may be shipped to them
- initiates a decision-making process on the future import of these chemicals by the countries themselves
- helps convey this decision to other countries
- does not involve international bans.
The procedure promotes a shared responsibility between exporting and importing countries in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of certain hazardous chemicals (industrial chemicals and pesticides) that are being traded internationally. It allows countries to make informed decisions about what chemicals they allow to enter and contributes to processes of managing chemical risk.
More on the Rotterdam Convention can be found on the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Chemicals subject to the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention