iPIC supporting compliance through prevention of illegal and unwanted trade in ODS
In 2006, UNEP launched an initiative with a modest number of countries which enabled a mechanism of Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC) to be adopted in order to better control trade in substances that are restricted under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Since then, the iPIC has become a global voluntary initiative for likeminded states who wish to strengthen the implementation of their national licensing system for ozone depleting substances. This short booklet aims to briefly describe the functioning and advantages of the iPIC system, to provide some information on results and successes from iPIC in 2012 and to encourage countries which are not yet members to join and to begin to reap the benefits of this initiative.
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