OPCW Agreements

In this section:

Agreement between United Nations and OPCW

Article VIII paragraph 34(a), of the Convention mandates the Executive Council to conclude agreements or arrangements with States and international organisations on behalf of the OPCW, subject to prior approval by the Conference of the States Parties.

The first such agreement, the Relationship Agreement between the United Nations and the OPCW, was concluded with the United Nations in 2000 and entered into force in 2001.

The Relationship Agreement was approved by the OPCW Conference of the States Parties in decision C-VI/DEC.5 dated 17 May 2001 and by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution A/RES/55/283 dated 24 September 2001.

Read the text of the agreement (Annex to EC-MXI/DEC.1, dated 1 September 2000).

Agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and OPCW

In accordance with Article VIII, paragraph 50 of the Convention, the legal capacity, privileges and immunities referred to in Article VIII are to be defined in an agreement between the OPCW and the Host Country.

Read the agreement.

Facility agreements between OPCW and State Parties

During an initial inspection at a facility or plant site, one of the tasks of an OPCW inspection team is to begin work on a facility agreement, which will govern all future inspections at that facility or plant site. Such agreements are required for all chemical weapons-related facilities, facilities producing Schedule 1 chemicals, and Schedule 2 plant sites. With respect to the last category, however, the Secretariat and the inspected State Party can agree that an agreement is not necessary for a particular site. For plant sites producing Schedule 3 chemicals or unscheduled discrete organic chemicals, a facility agreement is not normally needed, although the inspected State Party may request one. Facility agreements are negotiated between the Secretariat and the inspected State Party on the basis of models approved by the Conference of the States Parties (see below), and are then submitted to the Executive Council for its approval.

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    C-V/DEC.23/Corr.1 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities: Corrigendum 22/06/2000
    C-V/DEC.23 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities 19/05/2000
    C-IV/DEC.13 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Chemical Weapons Production Facilities 29/06/1999
    C-IV/DEC.12 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Chemical Weapons Storage Facilities 29/06/1999
    C-III/DG.13/Corr.1 Certain Issues Relating to the Draft Models for Facility Agreements for Schedule 1 Facilities and Schedule 2 Plant Sites Submitted to the Conference for its Consideration and Approval - Corrigendum 06/01/1999
    C-III/DEC.14 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Schedule 1 Facilities 20/11/1998
    C-III/DEC.15 Decision: Model Facility Agreement for Schedule 2 Plant Sites 20/11/1998
    C-III/DG.13 Certain Issues Relating to the Draft Models for Facility Agreements for Schedule 1 Facilities and Schedule 2 Plant Sites Submitted to the Conference for its Consideration and Approval 19/11/1998

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Agreements between the OPCW and States Parties on the privileges and immunities of the OPCW

The legal basis for granting privileges and immunities to the OPCW and certain categories of officials (delegates, representatives, alternates, advisers, the Director-General, staff, and experts) is found in Article VIII (E). The rationale for granting privileges and immunities is the same as that for granting privileges and immunities in bilateral diplomatic relations: such privileges and immunities allow the individuals to carry out their duties independently, without interference by either the Host State or third parties, and without fear of retribution.

Learn more about privileges and immunities of the OPCW.

      Title Date  
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in English
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in French
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in Spanish
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in Arabic
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in Russian
    Model privileges and immunities agreement in Chinese

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Status of OPCW Privileges and Immunities Agreements
State Party Date of approval of the Agreement by the Executive Council or the Conference of the States Parties Date of signature of the Agreement Date of entry into force of the Agreement
Albania EC-64/DEC.3 (4 May 2011) 20 October 2011 16 April 2012
Argentina C-7/DEC.22 (11 October 2002) and EC-31/DEC.4 (10 December 2002) 12 December 2002 30 July 2009
Austria C-VI/DEC.12 (17 May 2001) and EC-XXV/DEC.1 (27 June 2001) 10 July 2001 1 September 2002
Belarus C-VI/DEC.13 (17 May 2001) and EC-XXV/DEC.2 (27 June 2001) 17 July 2001 16 September 2002
Bosnia and Herzegovina C-8/DEC.8 (23 October 2003) and EC-35/DEC.4 (3 December 2003) 3 May 2004 28 September 2005
Bulgaria EC-63/DEC.4* (2 May 2012) 2 October 2012 25 November 2013
Burkina Faso EC-47/DEC.11 (8 November 2006) 7 February 2007 7 February 2007
Burundi C-8/DEC.9 (23 October 2003) and EC-35/DEC.2 (3 December 2003) 20 April 2009 30 April 2015
Chile EC-48/DEC.4 (14 March 2007) 30 October 2007 11 July 2013
Colombia EC-44/DEC.7 (14 March 2006) 12 September 2006 7 September 2015
Comoros EC-62/DEC.7 (6 October 2010) 3 December 2010 [not yet entered into force]
Cuba EC-40/DEC.12 (17 March 2005) 30 November 2005 [not yet entered into force]
Cyprus C-8/DEC.10 (23 October 2003) and EC-35/DEC.3 (3 December 2003) 22 March 2004 6 September 2005
Czech Republic EC-64/DEC.2 (4 May 2011) 15 June 2011 1 May 2012
Denmark EC-X/DEC/CRP.2 (9 June 1998) C-III/DEC.4 (17 November 1998) and EC-XI/DEC.6 (4 September 1998) 19 July 2000 15 April 2010
Dominica EC-54/DEC.8 (15 October 2008) 12 July 2012 [not yet entered into force]
Dominican Republic EC-63/DEC.5 (16 February 2011) 15 September 2011 27 August 2014
Ecuador EC-53/DEC.15 (25 June 2008) 17 July 2008 [not yet entered into force]
El Salvador EC-52/DEC.1 (4 March 2008) 3 July 2008 4 March 2009
Estonia EC-65/DEC.3 (13 July 2011) 26 October 2011 10 July 2012
Finland C-7/DEC.21 (11 October 2002) and EC-31/DEC.3 (10 December 2002) 10 February 2003 29 May 2004
Gambia EC-71/DEC.8 (20 February 2013) 15 April 2013 [not yet entered into force]
Georgia EC-77/DEC.6 (9 October 2014) 5 June 2015, 2 July 2015 [not yet entered into force]
Ghana EC-X/DEC/CRP.2 (9 June 1998) C-III/DEC.4 (17 November 1998) and EC-XI/DEC.6 (4 September 1998) 19 Aug 1999 [not yet entered into force]
Greece EC-XVI/DEC.2 (24 Sept 1999) 7 December 1999 28 February 2006
Guinea EC-61/DEC.6 (1 July 2010) 1 December 2010 [not yet entered into force]
Hungary EC-79/DEC.5 (9 July 2015) 3 December 2015 25 May 2016
Kenya C-V/DEC.4 (17 May 2000) and EC-XIX/DEC.3 (5 April 2000) 28 March 2001 19 February 2015
Kuwait EC-41/DEC.3 (29 June 2005) 9 March 2006 [not yet entered into force]
Laos EC-67/DEC.5 (15 February 2012) 30 March 2012 [not yet entered into force]
Latvia C-V/DEC.5 (17 May 2000) and EC-XIX/DEC.2 (5 April 2000) 25 September 2000 6 March 2001
Madagascar EC-44/DEC.6 (14 March 2006) 2 December 2010 [not yet entered into force]
Mali EC-66/DEC.8 (5 October 2011) 2 December 2011 2 December 2011
Malta EC-37/DEC.6 (29 June 2004) 23 November 2004 5 April 2005
Mauritius EC-37/DEC.5 (29 June 2004) 3 July 2008 1 August 2012
Mozambique EC-68/DEC.2 (2 May, 2012) 12 July 2012 [not yet entered into force]
Panama C-VI/DEC.7 (17 May 2001) and EC-XXI/DEC.2 (4 October 2000) 13 February 2002 26 May 2003
Paraguay EC-67/DEC.4 (15 February 2012) 28 March 2012 [not yet entered into force]
Philippines C-VI/DEC.14 (17 May 2001) and EC-XXV/DEC.3 (27 June 2001) 12 November 2001 8 August 2003
Poland EC-41/DEC.4 (29 June 2005) 5 August 2008 6 November 2009
Portugal C-VI/DEC.6 (17 May 2001) and EC-XXI/DEC.1 (4 October 2000) 5 July 2001 2 July 2010
Republic of Korea EC-XV/DEC.2 (28 April 1999) and C-IV/DEC.9 (29 June 1999) 10 April 2000 1 April 2004
Serbia EC-52/DEC.2 (4 March 2008) 7 March 2008 15 July 2009
Slovakia C-8/DEC.11 (23 October 2003) and EC-35/DEC.5 (3 December 2003) 12 February 2004 13 October 2004
South Africa EC-62/DEC.6 (6 October 2010) 11 January 2011, 25 February 2011 5 November 2013
Spain C-7/DEC.23* (11 October 2002) and EC-31/DEC.5 (10 December 2002) 16 September 2003 3 July 2007
Sudan EC-72/DEC.3 (7 May 2013) 8 May 2013 [not yet entered into force]
Switzerland EC-41/DEC.5 (29 June 2005) 20 July 2005 22 November 2005
Thailand EC-67/DEC.3 (15 February 2012) 2 March 2012 [not yet entered into force]
United Kingdom C-V/DEC.6* (17 May 2000) and EC-XIX/DEC.1 (5 April 2000) 26 October 2000 28 February 2002
United Arab Emirates EC-56/DEC.2* (22 April 2009) 24 April 2009 20 January 2010
Uruguay EC-47/DEC.12 (8 November 2006) 20 February 2007 11 May 2012
Viet Nam EC-66/DEC.9 (5 October 2011) [not signed yet] [not yet entered into force]

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