CWC National Authorities

Sub-regional Training for Customs Authorities on Technical Aspects of CWC Transfers’ Regime Held in Dakar

The OPCW and National Authority of Senegal jointly organised a training course for customs officers on the technical aspects of the transfers’ regime of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that took place from 25 to 28 March...02 April 2014Full story

11th Chemical Weapons Convention Seminar Held in Croatia

The 11th Eleventh Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Seminar was held in the village of Rakitje west of Zagreb from 17 to 20 March 2014, co-organised by the OPCW and the Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation...22 March 2014Full story

Making the Convention Work

To make sure that the CWC is implemented effectively, States Parties are obliged to designate or establish a National Authority. This body escorts OPCW inspections of relevant industrial or military sites; submits initial and annual declarations; assists and protects those States  Parties which are threatened by, or have suffered, chemical attack; and fosters the peaceful uses of chemistry. In addition, the National Authority acts as the focal point in the State Party's interaction with other States Parties and the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW.

The Secretariat supports States Parties in their national implementation of the CWC. The focus of this work is to provide advice and assistance to the staff of National Authorities, in order to help them enhance their skills and expertise to facilitate effective, autonomous, national implementation. The Technical Secretariat coordinates and hosts regular meetings of the National Authorities from around the world. CD-ROM, DVD and website information packages on CWC implementation are available.

Every State Party must implement the provisions under the CWC at the national level. This includes enacting penal legislation encompassing all activities prohibited. Each State Party is obliged to provide other States Parties with its fullest cooperation to expedite prosecution. Legal experts have formed regional networks to facilitate the adoption of national legislation that bans and criminalises the misuse of chemicals as weapons.

Some figures on national implementation follow:

  • 188 National Authorities have been established.
  • 149 States Parties have informed the Organisation of the legislative and administrative measures taken to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • 108 States Parties have legislation covering initial measures.
  • Since 1997, over 13,000 participants, including more than 6,000 sponsored participants from all geographical regions have received support in the CWC's effective national implementation through OPCW meetings, workshops, training courses and seminars.

Implementation-support programmes for States Parties

Forum for Customs Authorities
Implementing Legislation
All States Parties are required under Article VII, paragraph 1, of the Chemical Weapons Convention (the CWC or Convention), to adopt the necessary measures to implement the CWC (including the enactment of penal legislation) and to inform the OPCW of the legislative and administrative measures it has taken.
Declarations adviser
Declarations Handbook, Handbook on Chemicals, Most traded scheduled chemicals, EDNA, Related CWC Provisions, Determining Declarable Activities, Declarations Requirements for Scheduled Chemicals, Notification Handbook
Harmonized System
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems generally referred to as "Harmonized System" or simply "HS" is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It comprises about 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification. The system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. Over 98 % of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS.
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Call for Nominations for the Thirteenth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Eastern Europe

06 May 2014 — 08 May 2014 | Yerevan, Armenia

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite representatives of National Authorities to nominate participants to attend the Thirteent...

Call for Nominations for the Twelfth Regional Meeting of National Authorities of States Parties in Africa, United Nations Office

04 June 2014 — 06 June 2014 | Nairobi, Kenya

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite National Authorities to submit nominations for the Twelfth Regional Meeting of National Au...