Assistance against Chemical Weapons

Training for first responders in rescuing and treating victims of a chemical attack, conducted in Chile
Training for first responders in rescuing and treating victims of a chemical attack, conducted in Chile.

In adhering to the Convention, States Parties voluntarily renounce the option of chemical weapons. In return, they are assured that they will not be subject to, or threatened by, the use of these weapons in the future.

Security Assurance

This security assurance comes in two forms:

1. The Convention’s verification and inspection mechanism provides assurance that existing stockpiles of chemical weapons will be destroyed and that toxic chemicals and their precursors will be controlled so that they cannot be diverted for use as chemical weapons.

2. The Convention requires that all States Parties, through the Organisation, offer viable and meaningful assistance to any other State Party that is attacked or is threatened with chemical weapons.

In this section:

Offers of Assistance
In accordance with paragraph 7 of Article X, each State Party undertakes to provide assistance through the OPCW to a requesting State Party.
Requests for Assistance
Every State Party to the Convention has the right to request assistance from the OPCW. Check this page to learn what happens after a request.
Rights & Responsibilities
States Parties have the right to conduct research into, develop, produce, acquire, transfer and use means of protection against chemical weapons.
The Secretariat's Role
The Secretariat shall make information available and provide advice to States Parties concerning means of protection and the implementation of protection programmes.

Did You Know?

Assistance against CW includes the provision of:

  • detection equipment and alarm systems;

  • protective equipment;

  • decontamination equipment and decontaminants;

  • medical antidotes and treatments; and,

  • advice on any of these protective measures.