The Resource Kit is a comprehensive source of information on the Rotterdam Convention intended to assist countries in the ratification process and in the implementation of the Convention. It has been designed to be flexible, simple to use and to meet the needs of a broad range of end users.
The Stepwise Guide to the Resource Kit provides a brief summary of the individual information items contained in the resource kit to assist in identifying the information most useful to you. It also indicates the languages in which each individual document is available.
Stepwise Guide to the Resource kit
The information in the kit has been organized in five sections. The first 4 sections focus on the key operational elements of the Convention. The fifth section focuses on cross-cutting issues who are those elements of the Convention relevant to general chemicals management or decision-making, obligations that are common to other multilateral environmental agreements or chemicals management programmes.
It contains mostly non-technical information on the Convention. This information is suitable for raising awareness among government officials, non-governmental organizations and the general public.
Synergies Decisions 2005 - 2013
Compilation of decisions related to enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
Towards Responsible Trade
The brochure provides a short overview of the nature of the Convention, its objective and the benefits to Parties. It contains the list of chemicals subject to the PIC procedure without any technical details.
(published in 2006)
Protecting human health and the environment: A guide to the Rotterdam Convention on trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides
This companion guide provides basic information on the Convention in simple non-technical language. It is suitable for distribution to the general public and is aimed at presenting how the Rotterdam Convention addresses problems involved in the trade and use of potentially hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
Information brochure on the Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes Conventions
A brief non-technical overview of the three Conventions (Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Basel Convention), how they complement each other and where they are different.
An introduction to the chemicals listed in the Rotterdam Convention that are subject to the international legally-binding prior informed consent (PIC) procedure
This booklet provides basic information on the chemicals listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.
Overview of the Rotterdam Convention
It provides rather more technical information on the scope and operation of the Convention although it should still be largely understandable to a non-technical audience. It complements the PowerPoint presentation on the operation of the Rotterdam Convention listed.
PowerPoint presentations on the Convention
These are two presentations that might be used by designated national authorities or others in raising awareness about the Rotterdam Convention.
The overview of the Rotterdam Convention sets out the scope of the Convention, what it is and what it is not, identifies the key payer, answers the questions who, what, when and where, briefely reviews the two main elements of the Convention, information exchange and the PIC procedure.
The Interrelationship of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions briefly compares the main elements of the three related Conventions and considers how they provide tools for the life-cycle management of chemicals, how they complement each other and important differences.
Chemical Snap Shot
A brief overview of Safe Planet, the global public awareness and outreach campaign designed to show how we can take responsibility for keeping the planet safe from these harmful substances.
B. GUIDANCE INFORMATION
Detailed technical information on the Convention. The primary target audiences are Designated National Authorities (DNAs), regulatory authorities and others directly involved in the implementation of the Convention.
Rotterdam Convention and the steps towards ratification
This brochure sets out general steps that a country may follow in becoming a Party to the Convention, from the collection and analysis of relevant background information, to lodging the instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary General in New York.
(revised in 2006)
Guide on the Development of National Laws to Implement the Rotterdam Convention
The Guide has been developed as a reference document and training tool to assist in the development of national laws to implement the Rotterdam Convention.
It has been developed especially for officials and experts working on laws and regulations. The six sections of the Guide may be used individually or collectively.
The Guide suggests possible actions to implement the Convention in the context of national laws and includes suggestions on ways to link such actions to other international instruments on chemicals in support of an integrated approach.
The Guide is designed to be flexible, to fit the variety of existing legal approaches to chemicals management and to assist countries in tailoring their implementation actions to national circumstances, traditions and priorities.
Representative case studies of national experience in developing and amending national laws or administrative measures in order to implement the Rotterdam Convention were developed.
Countries selected for case studies were Ghana, Ethiopia and Jamaica.
Guidance to Designated National Authorities on the Operation of the Rotterdam Convention
This document has been developed to provide comprehensive guidance to Designated National Authorities (DNAs) on the rights and obligations of Parties under the Convention. It contains:
- background and contextual information on the purpose and function of the Rotterdam Convention;
- a step-by-step explanation of the responsibilities of countries as Parties to the Convention;
- a checklist as a guide to DNAs on actions required under the Convention.
A new section on coordination with key stakeholders at national level has been added. Each section of the guide may be used separately; as such, there is some redundancy between sections. The annexes to the guide include the full text of the Convention (revised in 2005) and the new forms and instructions developed in support of the key operational articles. A new annex on Harmonized System codes has been added. The annexes have been included in order to provide a comprehensive reference on the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.
(revised in 2006)
Interactive Guidance to Designated National Authorities on the Operation of the Rotterdam Convention
New guidance for notifications of Final Regulatory Action
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to designated national authorities (DNAs) in completing a “Notification of final regulatory action” form. It has been developed by the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention to assist Parties successfully complete the form.
The Secretariat hopes that Parties will more clearly understand the sections of the form and information requested, enabling them to easily submit complete notifications.
C. DOCUMENTS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION
Documents relevant to the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.
The PIC Circular: User's Guide
This is a simple user's guide to the semi annual PIC Circular.
The PIC Circular is key to the operation of the PIC procedure as it contains a current list of the import responses submitted by Parties for the chemicals subject to the PIC procedure and those Parties that have failed to provide a response.
It is also key to the information exchange component of the Convention as it contains summaries of regulatory actions to ban or severely restrict chemicals and information on pesticide poisoning incidents submitted by Parties
(revised in 2006)
Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs)
A DGD has been prepared for each of the chemicals listed in Annex III and subject to the PIC procedure. A DGD is intended to help governments make informed decisions about future imports of these chemicals. A representative example is included here.
Forms and Instructions for the key operational elements
In order to facilitate the implementation of the key operational elements of the Convention, standard forms and instructions for their completion have been developed.
This section includes copies of the following forms and instructions:
- Form for Notification of Final Regulatory Action to Ban or Severely Restrict a Chemical,
- Severely Hazardous Pesticide Report Forms for Human Health and for Environmental Incidents,
- Form for Import Response and Form for Export Notification.
(revised in 2008)
Interactive Forms and Instructions for the key operational elements
D. TRAINING MATERIALS
This information consists of detailed technical information on the key operational elements of the Convention. The objective is to provide practical hands-on training in the key operational elements of the Convention. The primary audience is DNAs, other government authorities, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Convention.
It consists of four modules, each including a summary note introducing the relevant elements of the Convention, a PowerPoint presentation and a list of Frequently Asked Questions. These are accompanied by a case study aimed at providing practice in completing the relevant forms in preparation for their submission to the Secretariat.
The topics include:
Module 1 - Notifications of final regulatory actions to ban or severely restrict a chemical - How to report final regulatory actions
Module 2- Proposal of severely hazardous pesticide formulations - How to prepare and submit a proposal
Module 3 - Import responses for chemicals subject to the PIC procedure - How to report import decisions
Module 4 - Obligations related to exports of chemicals - What exporting Parties have to do
E. CROSS-CUTTING INFORMATION
In this section of the resource kit, we have made available selected sources of information which may assist in developing and strengthening the chemicals management infrastructure within a country, including information which may assist in the evaluation of chemicals.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation but simply to provide an overview of the information that is available. It will continue to evolve as experience is gained in the implementation of the Convention and new documents or sources of information are identified.
The primary audience for this material is Designated National Authorities (DNAs) and government authorities involved in chemicals management. The information may also be useful to non-governmental organizations and stakeholders involved in the development, production, transportation, use, import or export of chemicals. To assist users this section of the resource kit is organized around the following three thematic areas:
General chemicals management
This sub-section contains information related to general chemicals management, including the development or strengthening of the necessary legal or administrative infrastructure as well as specific topics such as working with customs authorities, harmonized systems customs codes and the globally harmonized system for classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS).
In some instances links are provided to specific websites where further information may be obtained. In others, copies of individual documents may be accessed directly.
Evaluating the risks of hazardous chemicals
This sub-section lists selected sources of information related to the evaluation of chemicals including methodologies for evaluating the risks of chemicals. In some instances links are provided to specific websites where further information may be obtained. In others, copies of individual documents may be accessed directly.
Sources of information on hazardous chemicals
This sub-section lists selected sources of information on individual chemicals or groups of chemicals. Owing to the broad range of sources of information available on chemicals, this section includes links to specific websites where further information on individual chemicals may be obtained.
Section E - Cross-cutting Issues
Section E - Cross-cutting Issues is now a booklet with a CD containing all the documents, PDFs and URL links mentioned in the text. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.