Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting comments through Aug. 10 on an information collection associated with the Chemical Weapons Convention provisions of the Export Administration Regulations. The CWC prohibits the use, development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention and direct or indirect transfer of chemical weapons. This information collection implements the following provisions of the treaty. 

Schedule 1 notification and report. The U.S. is required to notify the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at least 30 days before any transfer (export/import) of Schedule 1 chemicals to another country that is party to the convention. The U.S. is also required to submit annual reports to the OPCW on all transfers of Schedule 1 chemicals. 

End-use certificates. The U.S. is required to obtain end-use certificates for transfers of Schedule 3 chemicals to countries not party to the CWC to ensure that those chemicals are only used for purposes not prohibited under the convention.

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