Expansion proposed for PIC chemicals list

Experts recommend insecticide for "prior informed consent", review other pesticides, asbestos

Scientists have recommended adding a pesticide to a list of chemicals earmarked for global trade restrictions under the UN Rotterdam convention. The national experts also discussed further possible additions, including more pesticides and five types of asbestos.

At their Geneva session, the scientists agreed to apply the convention's "prior informed consent" (PIC) system to the organophosphate insecticide monocrotophos, giving countries the right to bar imports. If convention parties approve the proposal - which is likely in September - then the PIC list will grow to 32 chemicals (EED 13/11/99).

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