The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM)

The Chemical Weapons Convention comprehensively prohibits the use, development, production, stockpiling, and transfer of chemical weapons. 

In response to persistent allegations of chemical weapon attacks in Syria, the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) was set up in 2014 “to establish facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals, reportedly chlorine, for hostile purposes in the Syrian Arab Republic”. The FFM is required to study available information relating to allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria, including information provided by the Syrian Arab Republic and others. 

Since May 2014, the OPCW has deployed the FFM in numerous occasions to the Syrian Arab Republic and outside of Syria and has kept States Parties informed of its work. The FFM interviews witnesses and obtains samples and physical evidence for analysis. 

In 2015, the OPCW Executive Council and the UN Security Council endorsed the continual operation of the FFM. 

The FFM’s findings established the facts surrounding allegations of the use of toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria and confirmed that chemical weapons had been used. The FFM’s findings were the basis for the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), an independent body established by the UN Security Council (Resolution 2235, 7 August 2015). The JIM’s purpose was to identify the perpetrators of the chemical weapon attacks confirmed by the Fact Finding Mission. The JIM’s mandate expired in November 2017.

Reports

Documents will be added as and when they are made public.

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    N/A Science Advice at OPCW 2018 03/08/2018
    S/1626/2018/Corr.1 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018 - Corrigendum 18/07/2018
    S/1645/2018/Corr.1 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Interim Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incident of Alleged Use of Toxic Chemicals as a Weapon in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, on 7 April 2018 - Corrigendum 10/07/2018
    S/1645/2018 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Interim Report on the Progress of the Fact-Finding Mission Regarding an Incident of Alleged Use of Toxic Chemicals as a Weapon in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, on 7 April 2018 06/07/2018
    S/1642/2018 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incidents in Al-Hamadaniyah on 30 October 2016 and in Karm Al-Tarrab on 13 November 2016 02/07/2018
    S/1636/2018 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding Alleged Incidents in Ltamenah, the Syrian Arab Republic on 24 and 25 March 2018 13/06/2018
    S/1626/2018 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018 15/05/2018
    S/1548/2017 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding An Alleged Incident in Ltamenah, the Syrian Arab Republic, 30 March 2017 02/11/2017
    S/1510/2017 Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria regarding an alleged incident in Khan Shaykhun, Syrian Arab Republic April 2017 29/06/2017
    EC-85/DG.16 Report by the Director-General: First Inspections at the Barzah and Jamrayah Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre Facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic in Accordance with Decision EC-83/DEC.5 (dated 11 November 2016) 02/06/2017
    S/1444/2016 Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incident of 2 August 2016 as Reported in the Note Verbale of the Syrian Arab Republic Number 69 dated 16 August 2016 21/12/2016
    S/1318/2015/Rev.1/Add.1 Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incidents Described in Communications from the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and Head of the National Authority of the Syrian Arab Republic 29/02/2016
    S/1319/2015 Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding Alleged Incidents in the Idlib Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic Between 16 March and 20 May 2015 29/10/2015
    S/1320/2015 Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding Alleged Incidents in Marea, Syrian Arab Republic, August 2015 29/10/2015
    S/1318/2015 Interim Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding the Incidents Described in Communications from the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and Head of National Authority of Syria from 15 Dec 2014 to 15 June 2015 29/10/2015
    S/1230/2014 Third Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria 18/12/2014
    S/1191/2014/Corr.1 Summary Report of the Work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Covering the Period from 3 to 31 May 2014 - Corrigendum 01/10/2014
    S/1212/2014/Corr.1 Second Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Key Findings - Corrigendum 29/09/2014
    S/1212/2014 Second Report of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Key Findings 10/09/2014
    S/1191/2014 Summary Report of the Work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Covering the Period from 3 to 31 May 2014 16/06/2014

Updates

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    EC-M-59/DG.2 Update by the Director-General on the Deployment of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, to the Executive Council at its Fifty-Ninth Meeting 18/04/2018
    S/1497/2017 Status Update of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria Regarding a Reported Incident in Khan Shaykhun, 4 April 2017 12/05/2017
    S/1445/2016 Summary Update of the Activities Carried Out by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission in Syria in 2016 27/12/2016

Related Statements

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    EC-88/DG.22 Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Executive Council at its Eighty-Eighth Session 10/07/2018
    EC-M-58/DG.1 Opening Statement by the Director-General to the Executive Council at its Fifty-Eighth Meeting 16/04/2018

Other Related Documents

      Document Symbol Title Date  
    EC-88/DG.16 Note by the Director-General: Progress in the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme 22/06/2018
    EC-88/DG.8 Note by the Director-General: Progress in the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme 24/05/2018
    EC-88/DG.3 Note by the Director-General: Progress in the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme 24/04/2018
    S/1255/2015*/Add.1 Future Activities of the Fact-Finding Mission - Addendum 13/03/2015
    S/1255/2015* Future Activities of the Fact-Finding Mission 10/03/2015