The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention established to review chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties for listing such chemicals in Annex III.
How does CRC operates?
One of the fundamental processes in the operation of the Rotterdam Convention is that a Party, when it has adopted a final regulatory action to ban or severely restrict a chemical notifies the Secretariat of that action. The Convention specifies both the contents and the time limit for such notifications. The Secretariat will verify the notifications and inform other Parties about the notifications received. When the Secretariat has received notifications from two parties in two different PIC regions regarding a specific chemical, it shall forward the notifications to the Chemical Review Committee in order for it to review and consider recommending the chemical for inclusion in Annex III of the Convention.
Additionally, any Party that is a developing country or country with an economy in transition that is experiencing problems due to the impact to human health or the environment caused by a severely hazardous pesticide formulation under conditions of use in its territory, may propose to the Secretariat the listing of the severely hazardous pesticide formulation in Annex III of the Convention. In its Annex IV, the Convention specifies the documentation required from a proposing Party, the information to be collected by the Secretariat and the criteria for listing the severely hazardous pesticide formulation. The Secretariat will verify the proposals, inform other Parties about the proposals received and collect additional information as specified by the Convention. Subsequently, the Secretariat forwards the proposal to the Chemical Review Committee in order for it to review and consider recommending the pesticide formulation for inclusion in Annex III of the Convention.