Several EU instruments regulate the export of chemicals. These include the EU Dual-Use Regulation, the Common Military List of the European Union and the Regulation on the marketing and use of explosives precursors.
Under these legislative instruments, many chemicals used daily in industrial processes or by persons are subject to export controls, because they can also be used to create explosives, nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, and thus present a potential threat to global security.
The JRC’s Export Control Handbook for Chemicals enables exporters and customs officers to verify rapidly which chemicals require an export authorisation and to check exported products’ compliance with the EU export control legislation.
The handbook lists all controlled chemicals by their name, EU reference codes, CAS number, and CN codes used for customs declarations, and indicates the EU Regulation under which they are controlled. The handbook lists chemicals of following EU regulations:
- Dual-use regulation, (EC) No 428/2009
- The Chemical Weapons Convention (International treaty)
- Chemicals with military applications, 2008/944/CFSP
- Hazardous chemicals, (EU) No 649/2012
- Chemicals included in the anti-torture regulation, (EU) No 2019/125
- Chemicals subject to embargoes for certain countries (Syria, DPRK and Iran)
- Chemical precursors of explosives, (EU) No 2019/1148
- Chemical precursors of psychotropic and narcotic substances (EC) No 111/2005
The Handbook was published in report format in 2019. A second version will be published in 2021.