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Annual Review of Impact of Chemical Weapons Convention on Schedule 1 Chemicals

Monday, December 16, 2013
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The Bureau of Industry and Security is seeking comments by Jan. 13, 2013, regarding the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, through the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act and the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations, had on commercial activities involving Schedule 1 chemicals through calendar year 2013.

The CWC imposes a number of obligations on countries that have ratified it, including the enactment of legislation to prohibit the production, storage and use of chemical weapons. It also requires states parties to implement a comprehensive data declaration and inspection regime to provide transparency and to verify that both the public and private sectors are not engaged in prohibited activities. Comments received in response to this inquiry will assist BIS in the preparation of its annual certification that the legitimate commercial activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms in the U.S. are not being significantly harmed by the CWC’s limitations on access to and production of those chemicals and toxins listed in Schedule 1.

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