Inspectorate Division

The Inspectorate Division is responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of inspection teams to both military and commercial facilities around the world, as required by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The Division maintains readiness to conduct Challenge Inspections and Investigations of Alleged Use, and to deploy the Rapid Response and Assistance Mission (RRAM) to Member States, as needed, in the event of a chemical incident.

Capacity Building and Contingency Planning Cell

The Capacity Building and Contingency Planning Cell (CBCP) is comprised a small team of inspectors with the goal of strengthening the Technical Secretariat’s preparedness and ability to provide assistance and protection against the use of chemical weapons as well as support the States Parties in their national preparedness programmes.

The CBCP cell is responsible for:

  • Supporting the capacity building programmes and delivering external training as part of the Secretariat’s’ international cooperation and assistance activities;
  • Preparation for Rapid Response and Assistance Mission (RRAM) and Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) operation;
  • Preparation for Challenge Inspection (CI) and Investigation of Alleged Use (IAU), or other non-routine operation;
  • Planning, coordinating and providing the training programme for inspectors and support staff; and
  • Preparing, planning and exercising with other relevant Divisions and offices of the Secretariat for contingency operations.

Chemical Demilitarisation Inspections Cell

The Chemical Demilitarisation Inspections Cell (CDC) conducts routine inspections of Chemical Weapons Destruction Facilities, Chemical Weapons Storage Facilities, Chemical Weapons Production Facilities and their conversions, Old Chemical Weapon Facilities, and Abandoned Chemical Weapons Facilities, as mandated under Article IV and V of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The CDC also supports other Cells and Divisions in areas related to chemical weapons, munitions, chemical protection, detection, and demilitarisation.

Industry Inspections Cell

The Industry Inspection Cell manages team leaders and inspectors performing industry inspections covered by Article VI of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It provides technical advice and support for inspections and contingency operations under Articles V and VI of the Convention, and ensures organisational readiness and knowledge sharing.

Operations and Administration Branch

The Operations and Administration Branch plans, coordinates, and monitors all OPCW missions. It acts as the focal point within the Technical Secretariat for the conduct of inspections and, in this regard, establishes its communication link with National Authorities and the inspection teams in the field.

The Operations and Administration Branch provides administrative, technical and logistical support for inspections and missions in accordance with the quality assurance regime, and ensures timely and efficient procurement and maintenance of inspection equipment.

The Branch’s Situation Centre provides 24-hour support, develops and maintains a comprehensive operating picture, ensures secure and reliable communications and provides information analysis to facilitate crisis management operations. The Situation Centre also provides situation briefings to the OPCW’s leadership to facilitate decision making.

Safety and Analytical Chemistry Cell

The Safety and Analytical Chemistry Cell is a multi-disciplinary cell comprised of engineers, analytical chemists, synthetic chemists, health and safety professionals, and emergency medicine practitioners.

The Cell provides scientific and technical support, advice and expertise to routine inspections and non-routine contingency missions. It also develops and maintains scientific and technical training programmes for the division.

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