Prior Informed Consent Procedure (Rotterdam Convention)

BCRC-Caribbean Projects (Information Dissemination)

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (SRC) hosted a three-day regional introductory workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean sub-region. The workshop was held at the Scarlet Ibis conference room at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 08th to 10th October 2014.

The dramatic growth in the production and trade of chemicals globally has raised both public and official concerns about human and environmental vulnerability to potential risks posed by hazardous chemicals and pesticides, especially in developing countries where resources are inadequate and unavailable in order to monitor the import and use of these chemicals.
In response to these concerns the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) jointly introduced the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure under the Rotterdam Convention. This procedure was intended to ensure that governments have the information that they need about hazardous chemicals to assess risks and take informed decisions on chemical imports, while the Convention possessed the overarching objective of protecting human health and the environment against the effects of hazardous chemicals.

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