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iPIC system helps prevent an illegal shipment of 72 tonnes of HCFC-22

An information sharing platform known as the informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) system is helping countries enforce the work of the Montreal Protocol. Recent collaboration between China and Thailand using the iPIC system, for example, has resulted in the prevention of a huge consignment of ozone-depleting and climate damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). iPIC is a voluntary and informal mechanism of information exchange on intended trade between countries in controlled substances. This case shows that iPIC can be an important tool to weed out any unauthorised trade (intentional or unintentional) to support the licensing system for import and export of ozone depleting substances and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and mixtures containing these substances. To find out more click here