Further information on ODS trade issues
Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC): Supporting compliance through prevention of illegal and unwanted trade in ozone depleting substances (2014)
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 2014 and to encourage countries which are not yet members to join and to begin to reap the benefits of this initiative.
Go to publication
Establishing an HCFC Import Quota System (2012)
Parties to the Montreal Protocol are obliged to follow the phase-out Schedule for Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) production and consumption which were agreed upon in 2007. Furthermore submissions from Article 5 countries to receive any funding for HCFC phase out beyond from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol will require confirmation that an enforceable national system of licensing and quotas for HCFC imports and, where applicable, production and exports is in place.
Since the first control measures for developing countries for HCFCs come into force on 1 January 2013, actions to ensure an effective licensing and quota system before this date are essential. This booklet provides the necessary information and practical guidance for developing countries to design and implement a workable and effective quota system that will contribute to ensuring the country's compliance with the Montreal Protocol HCFC phase-out schedule.
Go to publication
Handbook for the Montreal Protocol on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer - Ninth Edition (2012)
The eighth edition of the Handbook was published shortly after the Protocol, along with the Vienna Convention, achieved universal participation, by 196 Parties, on 16 September 2009 – the first treaties of any kind in the history of the United Nations system to achieve that aspiration.
This edition has been updated to include all relevant information from the last three years, 2009– 2011. Section 1 contains the text of the Montreal Protocol and a summary guide to its control measures. Section 2 is on decisions of the Meetings of the Parties. Section 3 presents information from the relevant annexes to the decisions. Section 4 is on the rules of procedure. In Section 5, the information on the evolution of the Montreal Protocol is presented. This valuable historical information on the original 1987 Montreal Protocol and the separate adjustments and amendments to the Protocol that were adopted by the Meetings of the Parties in 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2007 is of interest in demonstrating how the ozone regime has evolved over time in line with developing scientific knowledge and technological developments. Finally, Section 6 contains updated sources of information and contact details for relevant organizations.
Go to publication
The online system provides iPIC (Informal Prior Informed Consent) participating countries with real-time, 24-hour, 7-days a week personalized access to key licensing system data in each of the participating countries.
The system provides a standardized and secured repository of iPIC data. iPIC-online is accessible on an invitation-only basis and only registered users (country focal points) of countries that have submitted an iPIC Information Sheet can have access to iPIC-online and to all the published sheets.
Go to iPic online
Trade Names of Chemicals containing Ozone Depleting Substances and their Alternatives
A worldwide database of the commercial trade names of chemical products containing ozone depleting chemicals -including HCFCs - controlled under the Montreal Protocol. This service is designed to help customs officials and National Ozone Units control imports and exports of these chemicals and prevent their illegal trade.
Key links for Customs Officers
One of the most essential sources of information and data on the Montreal Protocol and ODS phase out. The links below are some of the information that National Ozone Units (NOU) and Customs Officers may need to consult regularly in the course of their work.
Go to Ozone Secretariat
The International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) database
The ICSC online database enables users to access relevant and useful information on the safety aspects of any specific chemical they may eventually need to deal with or handle physically. The database can be searched by typing in the ICSC number, the CAS number or theChemical name. The safety cards are also available in other languages.
External links and useful documents
Green Customs Initiative
The Green Customs Initiative is a partnership of international organisations working together to enhance the capacity of customs officers and and enforcement personnel to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and prevent the illegal trade in environmentally-sensitive commodities covered by relevant conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Go to Green Customs Website
Online Customs Training module - Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
This training was developed by the CEC Secretariat, with input by UNEP OzonAction and others. The CEC was established under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) to address environmental issues in North America from a continental perspective, with a particular focus on those arising in the context of liberalized trade. Available in French, English and Spanish.
Go to Online Customs Training module
Environmental Investigation Agency
Visit the EIA website for more information on ozone and climate issues.