European chemical industry committed to voluntary notification of exports of dangerous chemicals and pesticides
The European chemical industry began voluntary notification of exports of dangerous chemicals and pesticides on 1 April 2001. This unilateral, voluntary initiative was set up by CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council and ECPA, the European Crop Protection Association.
Under the initiative, CEFIC members commit themselves to provide statistical information on an annual basis to the public and the authorities on exports of chemicals that are banned or restricted in the European Union. Notification of exports of dangerous chemicals is contained in the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. This convention was adopted in 1998 under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO).
By the early implementation of this voluntary scheme, the European chemicals industry demonstrates that it is committed to its Responsible Care Programme. It will still take a few years before the EU will have completed the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.
The Commission is preparing a new Council Regulation replacing the old Regulation (EEC) No 2455/92 of 23 July 1992 concerning the export and import of certain dangerous chemicals. It is expected to adopt its proposal for this new Regulation as well as a legal act for the ratification of the Rotterdam Convention by Summer 2001.