Navigation path

High level navigation

Page navigation

Additional tools

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Print version
  • Decrease text
  • Increase text

The basic principle

The basic principle of the Convention is that the export of a banned or severely restricted chemical that is included in Annex III to the Convention can only take place with the prior informed consent (PIC) of the importing Party.

Prior to any application of this mechanism certain procedural steps have to be followed and a number of requirements have to be met. Provided that certain criteria are fulfilled, a chemical that has been banned or severely restricted by at least two Parties belonging to different geographic regions (Parties are obliged to notify all such domestic bans/severe restrictions) may be added to Annex III. A procedure is established for formally obtaining and making known the decisions of importing countries as to whether they wish to receive future shipments of listed chemicals and for ensuring compliance with these decisions by exporting countries.