11 Feb 2020 Editorial

The Informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) platform has been updated

The Informal Prior informed consent system (iPIC) has been completely overhauled and updated

OzonAction is delighted to release the latest updated and streamlined version of the online Informal Prior-Informed Consent (iPIC) platform. Responding to comments and feedback we have changed how the system looks and operates.

iPIC is a voluntary and informal mechanism of information exchange on intended trade between countries in ozone depleting substances (ODS) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), mixtures containing these as well as products and equipment. It enables countries to share details of eligible importers and exporters with other member countries through a secure online platform. iPIC has become a global voluntary initiative used by more than 100 like-minded states who wish to strengthen the implementation of their national licensing system for ODS and HFCs.

iPIC has helped to clarify the status of many hundreds of suspicious or uncertain shipments since its inception and has been responsible for preventing hundreds of illegal, unauthorised and ‘unwanted’ shipments. iPIC has also facilitated the legal trade and prevented illegal or unwanted trade in thousands of metric tonnes of ODS including HCFCs, CFCs halons, and HBFCs as well as trade in HFCs and equipment.
The iPIC platform has been re-designed and improved, responding to comments and suggestions from regular users:
o    Now includes HFCs and HFC mixtures
o    Streamlined navigation and operation with an improved interface
o    Simple and straightforward data entry
o    A new secure system of communication with trade partners
o    Encrypted password-protected access with improved security
o    Graphical display of main data (individual and global)
OzonAction encourages countries to proactively use the iPIC mechanism to assist in their efforts in Montreal Protocol implementation. Many countries include the use of iPIC as an element in their Institutional Strengthening projects. All countries have been invited by the Montreal Protocol Meeting of Parties to consider participation in iPIC as a means to improve information about their potential imports of controlled substances with the aim of reducing the difference between reports of imports and exports of ODS and helping to identify illegal trade*.

Please see the flyer for more details and visit the iPIC site, (click How to use iPIC Online for guidance). 

Please enter the site to familiarise yourselves with the new features and functionalities. You can automatically re-set your password if required.

Please contact the iPIC Online Administrators (Ruperto de Jesus and Ezra Clark) for any further questions: unenvironment-ozonaction-ipic@un.org

 * Decision XXIV/12