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Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (The PIC Rotterdam Convention)
The Rotterdam Convention, based on the voluntary PIC procedure, was adopted on 10 September 1998 and entered into force on 24 February 2004. The objectives of the Convention are: a) the promoption of shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among Parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm. Waste, radioactive materials, chemical weapons, drugs and even victuals may be considered as hazardous chemicals, under the Convention. b) the contribution to the environmentally sound use of those hazardous chemicals, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics, by providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export and by disseminating these decisions to Parties. The Convention system is based on the mechanism of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC), a procedure, according to which the Parties are informed and have given their consent prior to the adoption of an import decision.