Commission amends EU Pic Regulation to add biocidal substances


The European Commission has adopted amendments to the prior informed consent (Pic) Regulation on the export and import of hazardous substances, to add several biocidal active substances to Annex I.

Annex I lists substances that are subject to the export notification or Pic procedures, and those qualifying for Pic notification. The EU executive has to review them at least once a year.

The substances are:

the fungicides thiram and propiconazole; and

the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid.

They are approved under the biocidal products Regulation (BPR). However, the Commission has decided not to renew their approvals under the plant protection products Regulation (PPPR).

It published the amendments on 15 May after a public consultation ended on 13 March.

They will enter into force 20 days after publication in the EU’s Official Journal.

Comments received during the consultation informed on the importance of clothianidin for malaria vector control in third countries, it said.

In addition, the pesticide phorate and brominated flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane have been added to Annex I, following a decision last year to include them in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, which EU Pic implements.

Hexabromocyclododecane is already listed in Annex V and thus banned for export. This annex has also been amended to reflect EU export bans on mercury.

Chemical Waych, 28 May 2020